Wimbledon 2014: Eugenie Bouchard grateful for SW19 support

Eugenie Bouchard thanks the Wimbledon crowd for their support as she gears up for her first Grand Slam final

Eugenie Bouchard has thanked the Wimbledon crowd for their support as she gears up for her first Grand Slam final.

The 20-year-old takes on 2011 champion Petra Kvitova on Saturday after winning the junior title in 2012 and reaching the semi-finals at the first two Grand Slams of the year in Australia and France.

“It’s very special to have their support here,” said Bouchard. “I even felt it a bit last year and even the year before when I won juniors.

“It’s nice coming back here and people knowing who I am. I definitely feel their support when I’m on the court.

I’ve just been believing in myself more and more and meeting the challenges I faced

Eugenie Bouchard

“I hope they’ll support me tomorrow, but I know no matter what, it will be a great atmosphere on Centre Court.”

The Canadian 13th seed admits that she would be realising a childhood dream should she get her hands on the trophy on Saturday.

“I started playing tennis at five years old,” she continued. “Soon after, it was my dream to become a professional tennis player.

“I was very young when I decided I wanted to do it. I was nine. Since that age I dreamt of winning a Grand Slam.

“As for this year, it’s been a long time in the making for it to finally come together – all the hard work, the talent I know I have, the effort I put in, for it to produce results on the match court.

“That’s happened this year, but it’s been a long time in the making. I wouldn’t say it’s an overnight thing.

“I’ve just been believing in myself more and more and meeting the challenges I faced.

“I played on the professional tour for a year and I was improving as I was playing that year; the same this year. So every time I have a challenge, I just try to get better. It’s really helped.”

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