Eugenie Bouchard named most improved in women's tennis

Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard was named the WTA's most improved player of the year on Tuesday.

Canadian reached semifinals or better at 3 of 4 Grand Slams

Eugenie Bouchard, 20, rose as high as No. 5 in the world rankings this season. (Mark Baker/Associated Press)

Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard was named the WTA's most improved player of the year on Tuesday.

Bouchard reached the semifinals at three of the four Grand Slams this year and made it to the final at Wimbledon last summer. She became the first Canadian singles player to reach a Grand Slam final in the modern era.

Bouchard, 20, rose as high as No. 5 in the world rankings this season and also qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals.

"My goal is to try to improve every single day, and I feel like I did that this year," Bouchard said in a statement. "But while I'm proud of my accomplishments, I've already set new goals I want to strive to reach next year.

"I look forward to continuing to improve."

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., earned US$3.22 million in prize money this season and had a 45-23 singles record. The world No. 7 defeated Karolina Pliskova in Nurnberg, Germany last May for her first career WTA title.

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