Bouchard carries Canada's hopes at Rogers Cup ... and beyond

Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard talks with the media Sunday at Toronto's Rexall Centre...

Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard talks with the media Sunday at Toronto's Rexall Centre ahead of the Rogers Cup's main draw. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:46 PM ET

TORONTO - Pause, for a moment, to imagine the Rogers Cup without Eugenie Bouchard.

Top-ranked Serena Williams is here. So is defending champ Petra Kvitova. Fresh off a Wimbledon title, Marion Bartoli packs some serious star power. And Victoria Azarenka will always thrill a crowd.

There are others. Agnieszka Radawanska, Li Na, Angelique Kerber, Ana Ivanovic. In fact, the majority of the world’s best will put their dukes up as they challenge for a title in Toronto.

But every tournament needs a hometown hero.

So, relax. Take a deep breath. Exhale. Because Bouchard is here. And Bouchard, without question, despite the Montreal area code and regardless of the end result, is the undisputed hometown hero for the duration of this event.

As the gigantic poster of Bouchard that greets fans as they enter the Rexall Centre stadium grounds suggests, she is the Canadian face of this tournament in every way.


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