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Bouchard named top female athlete

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MONTREAL -- A stunning climb in the world rankings and taking a set off the best female tennis player on the planet was reward enough for Eugenie Bouchard's hard work in 2013. Now the native of Westmount, Que., is shooting for silverware.

"I want to win a title (in 2014), that's for sure," said Bouchard, who surged to No. 32 in the WTA rankings this year from 144th. "I'll be happy with any title but the bigger the tournament is the better it will be. And my ultimate objective is a Grand Slam."

Besides her lofty rise in the WTA standings, Bouchard defeated Ana Ivanovic -- then ranked world No. 12 -- in the second round of Wimbledon, forced Serena Williams to three sets in Cincinnati and was named WTA Newcomer of the Year.

These accomplishments have earned Bouchard, who turns 20 in February, the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as The Canadian Press female athlete of 2013.

Bouchard received 45 per cent of ballots cast, finishing well ahead of snowboarder Dominique Maltais and speedskater Christine Nesbitt.

Bouchard becomes the fourth tennis player to win the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award. Carling Bassett took it in 1983 and 1985, Helen Kelesi in 1989 and 1990 and Aleksandra Wozniak in 2009.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 28, 2013 C6

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