New goals needed for Bouchard after Australian efforts

Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:15am EST
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By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The first month of the year is not yet over but Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard is already looking for new goals for 2014 after breaking a ranking milestone on Monday.

The 19-year-old rose from 31st to a career-high 19th thanks to her surprise run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open last week.

"Early at the beginning of the year I said as a ranking goal I wanted to be in the top 20 so I have accomplished that," Bouchard told reporters in Singapore.

"So now I need to change my goals, of course its all about consistency as well and staying in the top 20 and getting to a certain level and staying there."

Having dispatched former world number one Ana Ivanovic with some powerful hitting in the quarter-finals, the former junior Wimbledon champion struggled to a straight sets defeat to eventual champion Li Na in the last four.

Undeterred, the tall blonde haired right hander said the experience of reaching a first grand slam semi had been invaluable.

"Yeah I had a good experience at the Australian Open this year, I played really well and am happy with how it went but of course I'm never happy when I lose a match so disappointed with that but really happy to get the experience," she said.

"I'd never played a tournament longer than a week before so still being in the same tournament 10 days after it started was new to me and really interesting so I hope I can experience that many more times.   Continued...