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Touching down at Montreal-Trudeau Airport in the summer of 2014 - a few days after becoming the first Canadian to reach the Wimbledon Final - there was utter mayhem.
“There were hundreds of people there and 20 cameras lined up from every news station, bodyguards and everything,” Bouchard, 22, said in an interview at Roland Garros shortly before the start of the French Open.
“It kind of was a life moment where you realised, life has changed. I must have done something amazing.”
Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Bouchard made back-to-back semi-final appearances at the Australian Open and the French Open followed by a spot in the Wimbledon Final with fearless, attacking tennis.
Although she lost 6-3, 6-0 to an inspired Petra Kvitova, Bouchard looked and played as if she had always belonged at the top of women’s tennis.
She entered the top five after Wimbledon and there was a real sense a bright new star had been born with the marketing power to rival that of Maria Sharapova, the world’s best-paid female athlete at the time.
But with fame came pressure, a struggle to eat and weight loss.
“I started the 2015 year and right away it was like, how are you going to defend these points?,” Bouchard said. “Almost like, are you going to prove it wasn’t a fluke? All these kind of questions coming at me. After a while, I definitely started feeling the pressure, and every week, if I win it’s normal and if I lose it’s a disaster. Week after week, that became tough for me.”
The weight of expectation proved too much as Bouchard notched up seven first-round exits in 2015 including at the French Open and Wimbledon.
“I just felt the pressure and the stress and I was so nervous before matches that it was hard for me to eat,” she said.
“And if I ate, I just felt bad and it wouldn’t stay down. So people would also ask me about that, and they noticed. ‘You seem like you are a bit thinner?’ But for me it wasn’t a conscious decision, it was something that was kind of a struggle for me.”
And as if her year wasn’t bad enough, Bouchard sustained a concussion after a locker-room fall at the U.S. Open in September, which kept her off the tour for months.
Since then, she has worked hard on her fitness while also addressing her diet and making sure she is eating enough calories every day to offset her workload on the court.
“I have really made an effort to find things that I can eat that are easier and also just playing and stuffing it down,” she said. “I feel like I’ve made a good step in the right direction in that situation as well as with focusing on my fitness. I feel good physically, better than I did in 2015 for sure.”
Having started 2016 with “no expectations” Bouchard has reached two finals and ousted Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber from the second round in Rome earlier this month.
She has also reunited with Nick Saviano, the coach from her youth who guided her to the Wimbledon Final.
Now ranked 46th, Bouchard will play rising German star Laura Siegemund in the first round of the French Open.
“I feel good and I feel confident,” she said. “I know I have the skill and I know I can get back to where I was and even better.
“For me, it’s not a question of if, it’s more when. I don’t know when that week will be, but I am working hard every day to try and bring that day closer and closer.”