MONTRÉAL, Canada - Eugenie Bouchard turned a lot of heads with her 2013 season, rising from outside the Top 100 all the way to No.32 by year-end, but what she did in the first month of the 2014 season was major - literally. The Canadian teenager - the No.1 teenager in the world, actually - became just the second Canadian ever to reach a Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open.
One by one Bouchard battled past each opponent in Melbourne, winning tight two-setters in her first two matches and then, after cruising through her third round match in straight sets and into her first Grand Slam second week, rallying from a set down against both Casey Dellacqua and Ana Ivanovic to make the semifinals. Her magical run would end in straight sets at the hands of China's Li Na.
But what a ride - not only from a tennis perspective, but all the media attention, Genie's Army, her trip to the Road To Singapore and WTA Championships launch event with WTA legend Chris Evert - it was a fantastic few weeks, and for that, Bouchard is the WTA's Rising Star Of The Month for January.
See Bouchard's post-semifinal thoughts, as well as her thoughts on Genie's Army, right here...
The WTA Rising Star Of The Month award is a new addition for 2014 and voted for by WTA staff.