“Best Czech Player”- Eugenie Bouchard Picks Petra Kvitova as One of Her Favorite Tennis Players

Published 12/18/2020, 10:00 AM EST
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada competes in her Women’s Singles Quarter Final match against Elise Mertens of Belgium during the WTA Prague Open tennis tournament at TK Sparta Praha on August 14, 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Martin Sidorjak/Getty Images)


Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard had been considered one of the most exciting prospects in the women’s game. She was the first player from her nation to make it to a Grand Slam final. Bouchard has achieved a career-high ranking of being the world #5. 

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However, ever since her breakthrough year in 2014, the Canadian has failed to live up to the expectations. Back in 2014, she made it to the semifinals at the Australian Open and the French Open. She also made it to the final at Wimbledon that year. She lost to Petra Kvitova in straight sets.

Eugenie Bouchard speaks from experience

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Recently, in an interview, Eugenie was asked about her favorite Czech tennis player. To which, she said, “I lost to Petra Kvitova in the finals of Wimbledon.

“I think she’s an unbelievable player because of our match I think it’s hard. But I definitely think she’s the best Czech player.”  

Bouchard met Kvitova for the second time at their 2014 Wimbledon match. The Canadian was the most talked about at that time. Once the match kicked off, it went only in one direction. The Czech cruised herself to a 6-3 6-0 victory over the first time finalist. 

After the match, Petra said, “It means everything. This is my second title and I hope now it will be easier for me. I really wanted to have the trophy again. It was definitely one of the best matches of my life, especially in such a big situation.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada stands dejected during the Ladies’ Singles final match against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Speaking to a young Bouchard at that time, she did sound quite mature given the stage where she was standing. She was graceful in her speech and stated, “I have to give full credit to my opponent.

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“I think she played unbelievably and didn’t give me many opportunities to stay in the rally or do what I do. Sometimes your opponent just plays better than you, and that’s what happened today.”

As of today, the Czech holds a 4-0 record against the Canadian. It will certainly be great if Bouchard can repeat the form she showed in 2014 come 2021.  

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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