Tennis

Genie’s big wish: ‘S**t better happen’

For those of you who missed it, Eugenie Bouchard’s social media game has been on fire lately and she nailed it again today.

A couple of weeks after posting a trio of happy snaps with some banging captions the Canadian tennis star was back at it, this time letting the world know what she wants for her birthday.

The highly scientific birthday wish theory suggests your wish won’t come true if you say it out loud — but that was spruiked before social media was invented so we’ll have to wait and see how Bouchard’s effort goes.

Read: Bouchard’s latest Insta posts are fire

Taking to Instagram to celebrate turning 25 on February 25 (the 26th in Australia), Bouchard posted a picture of herself from a modelling shoot with the caption: “It’s finally here, turning 25 on the 25th. My ‘golden year’. Sh*t better happen. Looking to bring this amount of extra into the next year.”

Bouchard’s fans have always stood by her and the tennis star, who is always thankful for their support, was brought to tears by the stack of messages sent her way as he reached the quarter-century.

The Genie Army will be joining her in hoping for “s**t” to happen in 2019 and so far the signs are good for a player who was once touted as a grand slam champion before suffering a grim fall from grace.

She narrowly lost to World No. 2 Simona Halep in the second round of the Dubai Championships last week but gave the reigning French Open champion a scare, forcing her to a first set tiebreak and a close second set.

“Bouchard played well,” Halep told reporters after the match. “The level was pretty good. I served very well. At some points I really ran very well. I’m confident. I feel good on court even if I’m tired.

“It’s always a tough one against (Bouchard) because she stays close to the baseline and takes the ball very fast.”

The loss may have been tough to swallow but Bouchard is on the right track after a horrible couple of years saw her ranking tank. In 2014 she was the hottest young prospect in women’s tennis, making the semi-finals of the Australian Open and French Open and going on a stunning run into the Wimbledon final.

But the past 18 months saw her sink to her lowest ebb. The worst of it came in June, when Bouchard was close to slipping out of the top 200.

However, recent signs suggest she is finding her groove again. At the ASB Classic in Auckland in December, she progressed to the quarter-finals before being beaten in a three set thriller by second seed Julia Goerges.

That came on the back of an impressive last showing of 2018 when she again lost to Goerges, this time in the final of a tournament in Luxembourg.

Bouchard was overpowered by Serena Williams in the second round of last month’s Australian Open but showed glimpses of her best tennis to make the quarters at Newport Beach in the States later in January.

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