Bouchard captures $50K Tevlin Challenger

November 4, 2012, 9:09 PM

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — Eugenie Bouchard captured the biggest title of her pro career by defeating fellow Canadian Sharon Fichman 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday to win the $50,000 Tevlin Challenger.

The 18-year-old from Westmount, Que., dominated Fichman in 50 minutes to capture her fourth ITF Pro Circuit title of the season.

She dropped just 15 games all week at Rexall Centre.

"I think I played really well today," Bouchard said. "Yesterday I was a bit tired, so I didn’t play as well in the first set, but today I felt really loose, and I wasn’t really that nervous because I played a final last week too. I felt like I was playing really well, I was hitting the lines and just going for it and my shots were going in, so I’m really happy."

Bouchard, ranked No. 160 in the world, earned 70 points from the win and will move into the top 150 for the first time.

She became the first Canadian to claim a junior Slam singles crown at Wimbledon this year, and will play her first full professional season in 2013.

"I have definitely improved a lot since Wimbledon," Bouchard said. "I was playing so well on the grass and it just gave me so much confidence. And now on the pro level, I’ve continued to keep my level up and keep improving."

Bouchard’s other ITF Pro Circuit titles this season include two $10,000 tournaments in Bastad, Sweden, in May and the $25,000 Granby Challenger in Quebec in July.

Toronto’s Fichman, ranked No. 179, has two 2012 titles — the $50,000 Waterloo Challenger in July and the $25,000 Mamaia tournament in Romania in September.

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