Last year Eugenie Bouchard was the breakout star on the women’s tour, notching up wins every week. This year it’s a different story.
After having such an incredible run in Grand Slams last year, it would be hard for anyone to improve, or even match her achievements, let alone a 21-year-old who only turned professional in 2009. It seems that Eugenie Bouchard is struggling to find the form that saw her achieve so much.
Bouchard’s poor run of results continued this week as she was defeated by World No.66 Lauren Davis at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. The previous week, she was beaten by qualifier Tatjana Maria 6-0, 7-6 at the Miami Open. She has dropped six consecutive sets – all to players outside the top 65.
The Canadian has been candid in her analysis of her form, saying that she doesn’t quite understand why she’s playing poorly.
“I know something’s off,” Bouchard said after her match against Davis.
“I know something’s not right. So I want to find it.”
Right now, Bouchard’s 2015 win-loss record is 6-5. In comparison, this time last year, her record was 14-8 and she had racked up wins over former World No.1s Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic; in consecutive matches no less.
The various injuries have not helped her progress. The 21-year-old has suffered from ankle and arm injuries since the season began. For a player as quick and aggressive as Bouchard, these injuries have really hampered her game.
It would have been hard for many to continue momentum from the previous year with such injuries but nobody expected these results from a player who looked so complete and confident on court last year. Bouchard was ice-cool but now her emotions seem to get the better of her.
Bouchard had better find some form and quickly. Her next scheduled tournament is the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, which begins on April 20th. Following that, she will be defending her Nuremburg Cup title, then it is onto the French Open. The World No.7 has got 2372 ranking points to defend from now until Wimbledon.
Maybe it’s too early in the season to say that Bouchard has plateaued. Six months, three Grand Slams, and dozens of tournaments still remain in 2015. There is still loads of time for her to bounce back.
Eilis Brennan, Pundit Arena