Eugenie Bouchard is heading to her first Olympic Games in Rio this summer. Credits: Getty Images
We've watched the tennis player rise to stardom, struggle, then climb her way back to the top. Could an Olympic medal be next for Eugenie Bouchard?
Eugenie Bouchard started turning heads in the tennis world in 2013, when she was just 19. The Montreal-born phenom became the first Canadian to make it to the Grand Slam final in singles at Wimbledon. With her aggressive moves on the court, Eugenie has played—and beaten—some of the top players in the world, but a losing streak last year sent her spiralling down the rankings. Now, she’s making a comeback—and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes in Rio.
5 reasons we love Eugenie Bouchard
1. She's helping put Canada on the map (in the tennis world).
Eugenie became the first Canadian to play in the finals of a Grand Slam in singles and, we'll admit: It made us extra excited to tune in to every tennis match and a little prouder to wave the maple leaf.
2. She's refreshingly candid.
Whether she's celebrating a win, admitting defeat, sharing tidbits of her life on Instagram or, yes, even telling us about her crush on Justin Bieber, Genie invites us all into her world. And we're smitten with the down-to-earth person we've gotten to know.
3. She doesn't hold back.
Known for her aggressive style on the court, Genie gives it her all every time. She might be young—she was just a teen when she was making her mark in the sport and has been called Canada's tennis sweetheart—but no one can dismiss her competitive drive.
4. She has a great sense of humour.
If you don't believe us, check out the dance video she produced with Laura Robson to the song "Gangnam Style."
5. She got back up again.
Let's face it: Eugenie didn't have a great year in 2015, and the whole world heard about it. But after suffering a losing streak and dropping in the rankings, she managed to find her focus again and prove that she had the talent and strength of character to turn it all around.