Eugenie Bouchard has admitted that she felt like she was playing '12-and-under tennis' after losing in the final of the Guadalajara Open on Sunday.
The Canadian, currently ranked at number 144 in the world, failed to capture her first WTA title in seven years, losing in straight sets to Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-2, 7-5.
"That was super frustrating," said the 2014 Wimbledon finalist after the match.
"I felt like I was playing 12-and-under tennis at some points there. I don't know, she was just out-grinding me. I shouldn't have lost four games in a row like that at the end. Sometimes I didn't know what to do,” she continued.
Bouchard has been finding her way back to the top of the WTA rankings after several years of poor form on the tour. Last year she reached her first final in over four years on the clay of Istanbul, narrowly losing to Patricia Maria Tig in a final set tiebreak.
Regardless of the loss, this week in Mexico has been a positive follow-up for the former world number five, in contrast to her results over the past few years.
With straight set wins over Caty McNally, Elisabetta Cocciaretto and eighth-seed Kaja Juvan, this will undoubtedly give Bouchard some confidence heading into this year’s shortened American hard-court swing.
"I feel like the work I've put in over the last year or so is finally coming to fruition a little bit. I just feel like I need to give myself more chances,” Bouchard said.
“The more tournaments I play, the more chances I can give myself to win matches and hopefully titles."
Bouchard will attempt to back up her positive week in Guadalajara by playing in Monterey next week. Amongst a slightly tougher field for this WTA 250 event, she will play her opening match against the 99th ranked Zhu Lin.
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