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WTA RISING STARS CLOSE IN ON SINGAPORE

Two years ago, Eugenie Bouchard produced a nerveless display to defeat Elina Svitolina and lift the junior Wimbledon crown on No.1 Court.

She has carried this knack of performing on the big stage into the seniors, resulting in a meteoric rise up the tennis ladder, which was capped off by her headline-grabbing exploits at Wimbledon.

The winning combination of attacking instincts on the court and girl-next-door charm off it saw Bouchard quickly establish herself as a crowd favorite at the All-England Club, where she made it all the way to the final before running into an inspired Petra Kvitova.

Her runner-up finish is the latest highlight of a year that had already brought the Canadian semifinal appearances at the Australian and French Opens, and a maiden WTA title. Significantly, it also takes her up to No.4 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard and one step closer to securing a place at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

Ahead of Bouchard on the leaderboard presently are the winners of 2014's first two Grand Slams, Li Na and Maria Sharapova, and fellow WTA Rising Star Simona Halep.

Like Bouchard, Halep has enjoyed a sparkling campaign so far, racking up the wins to soar up the rankings. For all her success, though, arguably her finest hour came in defeat.

A thrilling three set loss to Sharapova in the French Open final sent out a message that Halep, who had never previously been beyond the quarterfinals at a major, was now ready to challenge for the game’s biggest prizes.

Further proof was on display at Wimbledon, where the Romanian made it to the semifinals before being derailed by Bouchard.

While Bouchard and Halep lead the way, several of their peers are also in the hunt for a spot in Singapore. WTA Rising Stars Garbiñe Muguruza, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens are all in the Top 25 on the leaderboard and know that good showings on the North American hardcourts this summer could yet see them reel in some of the more established names perched above.




 

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