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Eugenie Bouchard - girls' singles final

Saturday 7 July 2012

E. BOUCHARD/E. Svitolina

6‑2, 6‑2

Q. You're the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam junior singles title. Can you just talk about winning it and that.

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: Thank you. It's really exciting. I was really focused on court and I really believed that I could do it. I'm really happy to have pulled through and I guess make Canada proud and hopefully continue with more success like this.

Q. Have you ever played in front of a crowd of that size?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: I don't think so. When I walked on court, I was surprised at how full it was. Then when they clapped it was much louder than I expected, as well. I was like, Oh, my God. This is bigger than I thought. It was really cool. There were a lot of people there, so I think it was.

Q. You didn't feel any nerves? You appeared to play well.

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: Yeah, I don't know. I was pretty calm. I just blocked it all out. I didn't spend time looking around. I had a job to do and I was just focused on that.

But it's really cool having a big crowd like that. It's so fun to play in front of so many people.

Q. She seemed to be trying to pick on your forehand which wasn't a good strategy.

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: Yeah, I think I was pretty good in being aggressive. As soon as I had the chance, I was going for it and moving up. Won some points at the net. I should keep doing that more.

Yeah, I mean, I was definitely taking advantage every time I could.

Q. You talked about Canada. What does it mean to you in terms of where you are and where you're headed?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: It's good for me because it gives me confidence, because playing juniors, you know, all the pressure's on me. It's totally different than playing the pros where I'm the underdog.

So it's definitely a different kind of pressure that hopefully will prepare me for the future. So knowing that I can do it, it just gives me more confidence.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about your relationship with Nathalie Tauziat?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: I work with Nathalie part‑time during the year. It's good to be able to work with her. It's good because she's been there. Obviously she got to 3 in the world. She knows exactly what I'm going through on court, and she helps me mentally with that.

She got to the finals of Wimbledon, so I can say, I did better than you, I won. She doesn't like that. Especially at Wimbledon, you know, it was good to have her here.

Q. How does that work? When did you start? You go to Paris?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: Yeah, I started with her last year at Wimbledon actually. I just work with her a certain amount of weeks a year. When we train, she comes to Montréal. Then I go to tournaments with her, as well.

Q. Talk about what went on on the court, how you felt, how you got control.

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: I felt surprisingly calm. I was happy with myself for that. But I felt like I was playing really well. So I was, you know, just staying calm and just, you know, positive and, you know, focusing on one point at a time, not thinking about anything else.

That really helped me.

Q. What about when you got real close at the end?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: I still wasn't thinking about it, so when match point happened I was a little bit surprised. I didn't even scream. I couldn't even like ‑‑ I was like, Oh, my God, it's over, so...

But I was really happy.

Q. You know a lot of the history of Canada and tennis, not a lot of success. There's been a lot of focus on Milos. Has that made any connection with you, If he can do it, it's possible for all of us?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: For sure. I think it's good. It promotes the sport in Canada. It shows us that we can do it as well. I want to do that as well as he's doing that, you know, be the next generation and show that we can do it.

Q. You're the defending doubles champion. How was it coming back and having to play again? What was your thought process?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: It was so tough. It was really tough. Taylor and I, we were just fighting out there. It was definitely tough. I expected the tournament to be over after I walked off the court after singles.

She said, Not before 4:00 for doubles. I'm like, Oh, my God, doubles. I completely forget.

It's still not over. I have the finals tomorrow. I have to regroup, and tomorrow hopefully after the win we can really celebrate.

Q. Do you have any plans?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: The Champions dinner.

Q. Where would Wimbledon have been when you were a young tennis player growing up, in your thoughts, your connection with it, when you were first aware of it?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: Well, I played for the first time I think three years ago or four years ago. I've played four times. So, I mean, I don't know. I always watched the matches. I remember when Sharapova won when she was 17. I think that's when I thought Wimbledon was really cool. It's one of the slams, so it's definitely the biggest tournament.

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