She’s got game. And she’s got swagger, too.
“Time to take the defending champ down,” Eugenie Bouchard said, flashing that big smile of hers after advancing through the first round of the Rogers Cup on Tuesday night.
Her next opponent, awaiting under the lights at Centre Court on Wednesday, is Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, who won in Montreal last year and also just so happens to be one of the best players in the world.
Bouchard, the 19-year-old from Montreal, is cool as ice, as was indicated in her first-round win over Alisa Kleybanova of Russia, a relatively tidy straight-sets victory (6-3, 6-1) that concluded in one hour 19 minutes.
Propped up by an enthusiastic home crowd, Bouchard, the current world No. 62, was loving every minute out there and rightly so.
Because, after all, this was one that mattered.
Yes, the Montreal native got out of the first round last year when the tournament was in her hometown.