There might be a sense of disappointment for Eugenie Bouchard as she exited the AEGON International at Eastbourne on Wednesday in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwanska but she now turns her attention to Wimbledon.
The 22-year-old Canadian has happy memories of the competition; in 2014 she reached the final but fell at the final hurdle after losing to Petra Kvitova.
Admittedly the last two years haven’t been the best for Bouchard, but after a good run here at Eastbourne she is remaining positive about her chances next week at Wimbledon.
Losing to a player of Radwanska’s calibre is no shame; the Pole played some impressive tennis as she waltzed her way to a 6-3, 6-3 victory.
Bouchard’s overriding emotion heading into Wimbledon is ‘excitement’ according to the 22-year-old.
The world no.48 has performed well at Eastbourne this week, she beat Varvara Lepchenko and then Irina-Camelia-Begu to set up the tie against Radwanska – so preparation for the biggest Grand Slam of the year has gone well.
Speaking after her loss on Wednesday, Bouchard said: “I feel like I’m on the right path, but I just want to be a bit more solid.”
At time during the contest Bouchard was serving well, but other time it let her down. Also her aggressive style on the grass is something which can either swing in her favour or not – and on centre court on Wednesday sometimes her aggressive style benefitted Radwanska more.
But on the subject of Wimbledon, Bouchard said: “The biggest emotion is always excitement for me; I think it’s the best tournament of the year. I’m just blessed to be able to play Wimbledon and so grateful to be on tour.”
The hype for Wimbledon is already well under way; and for Bouchard she was in philosophical mood as she discussed her stance on the historic tournament.
“It’s just an amazing experience every single year. I want to enjoy it because I know there is not 100 of them left,” said Bouchard.