Eugenie Bouchard feels like she ‘earned’ her place at Wimbledon after qualifying

Watch Eugenie Bouchard discuss securing qualification for the Wimbledon main draw.

Reem Abulleil 2018/06/28

Former Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard posted a third victory in qualifying to secure a spot in the main draw of the All England Club showpiece and says she feels she has ‘earned it more’ compared to gaining direct entry via ranking.

Bouchard, a losing finalist to Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon in 2014, has slipped to No. 191 in the rankings due to loss of form and injury.

She defeated Colombian Mariana Duque-Marino 6-3, 6-2 in the final round of Wimbledon qualifying at Roehampton on Thursday to move into the main draw.

“I was a little nervous before so I’m proud of the way I performed,” the Canadian former world No. 5 said after her win.

“It’s interesting. I feel like I earned it more, than having just been in by ranking. I’m proud of it and I got matches this week, that’s what I wanted. I haven’t played a lot, I’ve been injured so the goal is to play matches and I got that.

“I feel like I’ve been improving recently. I don’t really want to compare myself to the past, or others. I just try to be the best I can every day.”

Others to qualify on Thursday include former Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva, last year’s Wimbledon junior champion Claire Liu, and Romanian veteran Alexandra Dulgheru.

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