I know Roger Kaplan does the tennis beat around here, but I would remiss if I didn’t make note of the stellar performance of Eugenie Bouchard at Wimbledon. Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final, but lost in straight sets to Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-0. This was Kvitova’s second Wimbledon title having won it previously three years ago when she defeated Maria Sharapova.
Bouchard is in her second year on the WTA tour. Prior to Wimbledon, Bouchard reached the semi-finals at both the Australian and French Opens. At 20, Bouchard is just beginning to come into her own and despite being dominated by Kvitova today we have not heard the last of her. It will be interesting to see what Bouchard does at the U.S. Open later this summer.
As for Wimbledon, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic face off in the Men’s Final tomorrow. Federer will attempt to win an unprecedented 8th Wimbledon title. He and Pete Sampras have seven Wimbldeon titles apiece. Djokovic, who is the world’s number one ranking player, will try for his second Wimbledon title. He won it previously in 2011.
On a personal note, I will be meeting up with a friend of mine in a couple of days to see a Red Sox game. Although he likes baseball, he is an absolute tennis fanatic and plays it himself. But for some reason he does not watch the Grand Slams until well after they have been completed. I’ll have to see how he reacts when I mention Eugenie Bouchard’s name.