WATCH: Eugenie Bouchard Unleashes Backhand Screamer in Semifinal Win in WTA Mexico 2021

Published 03/13/2021, 9:53 AM EST
MONTREAL, ON – JULY 27: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates a point against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during day three of the Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium on July 27, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Eugenie Bouchard defeated Dominika Cibulkova 2-6, 0-6. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)


Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard is in sight of her first Tour title in, quite literally, the longest time courtesy her rampaging run at the ongoing WTA event in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Currently ranked 144th in singles, Bouchard stormed into the final on Saturday and will gun for glory against Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo on Sunday.

Eugene Bouchard was unstoppable form during the semifinal of WTA Mexico on Saturday

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The Canadian, who recently turned 27, took another step to gifting herself a memorable birthday present after battling past local favorite Elisabetta Cocciaretto in the last-four clash in the scenic Mexican city on Saturday.

A championship win will draw her closer to the Top-100, marking a huge leap in her quest to recover her lost ground in the women’s game.

The Canadian unleashed some stunners off her handle on the way to reaching the title clash and it’s one of these unstoppable winners that the women’s tennis body shared on its official Twitter handle on Saturday.

The footage shows Bouchard climbing into one of her signature double-handed backhands which screamed past her clueless opponent and helped her set the tone in the second set.

Eugenie Bouchard produced a sizzling winner to save breakpoint against Elisabetta Cocciaretto

Having taken the opening set 6-2, the Canadian went into the second riding high on confidence and belief and it showed in some of the sublime tennis that she produced thereafter.

The moment that the WTA picked out was from her opening service game in the second set.

Bouchard fired a good serve to the right of the Mexican to which she responded with a forehand return.

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts during the ladies singles first round match against Risa Ozaki of Japan day three of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

A rally follows where either player tries to box each other into a corner. It’s during this exchange of strokes that Bouchard sends the double-handed backhand screamer deep into her opponent’s court, giving her no chance to reach and return.

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What made the moment more special was that she was staring at breakpoint when she produced this sizzling get-out-of-jail shot.

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Bouchard fell in the fourth round of the French Open last year and failed to clear the qualifying rounds for this year’s Australian Open.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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