TORONTO - While she was hoping for a longer run on her home courts, Eugenie Bouchard has a lot to take away from her time at the 2013 Rogers Cup.
"It's always tough losing," Bouchard said after her second-round exit. "But you learn more when you lose than when you win, I think."
The 19-year-old from Westmount Que., lost in straight sets (3-6, 2-6) to powerful Czech adversary Petra Kvitova who ranks No. 7 in the world. Kvitova now moves on to the third round in an attempt to defend the title she captured in Montreal a year ago.
Bouchard, who was coming off a strong performance at Wimbledon, was under the spotlight entering the tournament. Such is the case when you're a Canadian and the Rogers Cup represents your biggest stage on which to shine in your homeland.
"It's not many weeks during the year where I get the full crowd support," Bouchard said, "so when I do, I always enjoy it and try to use it to my advantage."
Some fans in the crowd at centre court showed their support Wednesday by holding up a blown-up image of Bouchard's face. A larger segment of attendees flashed "Go Canada" signs which were provided at the venue.
After the match, Bouchard exited from the court to a warm round of applause.
Earlier in the day, droves of fans lined up to get an autograph from the budding star as well as pass on encouraging words. Bouchard conceded that a few even dropped off letters.
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"I definitely feel their support here," Bouchard said.