Bouchard wins WTA Newcomer of the Year award

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard was named Newcomer of the Year by the WTA tour Wednesday. (BEN...

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard was named Newcomer of the Year by the WTA tour Wednesday. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

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MONTREAL - Canadian tennis sensation Eugenie Bouchard, who this past season surged to the highest WTA ranking by any teen tennis pro, was named Newcomer of the Year on Wednesday.

Bouchard, 19, of Westmount, Que., beat out American Madison Keys and Puerto Rican Monica Puig for the honour.

She finished the season ranked No. 32 in the world after reaching her first WTA final and recording four top-15 wins.

She had been ranked 144th in the world at the start of the year.

Bouchard became the first Canadian to win WTA Newcomer of the Year since Carling Bassett in 1983.

The current top Canadian on the men’s tour, Milos Raonic, earned the honour on the ATP Tour in 2011.

Bouchard’s first full season as a professional was a resounding success. She reached the quarterfinals or better in five tournaments, falling to Samantha Stosur in the final in Osaka, Japan.

Bouchard had defeated Stosur earlier in the year and also beat former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic. The two wins were Bouchard’s first over top-10 players.

She earned praise from the legendary Martina Navratilova after a second-round Wimbledon upset over Ana Ivanovic, also a former world No. 1.

"That was very impressive," Navratilova said on a broadcast following the 19-year-old's convincing 63-minute victory.

"I don't want to say a star is born but we have seen a potential Grand Slam champion here."

In 2012, Bouchard was the first Canadian woman to win the junior Wimbledon tournament, where she swept the singles and doubles titles.


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