Tennis aficionados are waiting for the sport’s next big thing. They’ve been waiting. It’s now almost 2015 and the next generation is finally, officially, ready to make their mark. At the head of the movement is Montreal native Eugenie Bouchard, a 20-year-old already ranked No. 7 in the world. Her credentials at such a young age are staggering. Runner-up at Wimbledon this year. First Canadian to make a Grand slam singles final. WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2013. More popular than Serena. Instagram goddess.
Okay, those last two aren’t necessarily facts. But you’d be pressed to find someone to argue with you. On the court, Bouchard is steady and consistent, an aggressor who goes for winners rather than waiting for her opponents to screw up. Off it, she’s showing out for the fiends and staying fresh on the ‘gram as only a phenom can.
The Genie Army might’ve anointed her the #selfiequeen, but calling this chick the next Anna K. is cutting her short. “One of only a handful of players who had the potential to make it to No. 1″ was how tennis legend Martina Navratilova described Genie in a recent New York Times profile. She’s a 5-10 firecracker on the court, someone who likes to catch the ball on the rise and consistently attacks from the baseline, and she won’t stop until she’s holding a grand slam title.
Yes, Serena is the end-all, be-all when it comes to women’s tennis, the one major magnet for casual fans. But when she does eventually pass the torch, there’s no need to worry. That’s because 20-Year-Old Eugenie Bouchard Is About to Set Tennis on Fire. See why here.
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