Singapore: Eugenie Bouchard took comfort in her rise to a Canadian-record number five in the world after she opened her WTA Finals campaign with a disappointing round robin defeat on Monday.
The 20-year-old went down 6-2, 6-3 to Romania`s Simona Halep in Singapore, hours after reaching the highest ranking achieved by any Canadian player, man or woman.
"I didn`t know about it actually until about an hour before the match. Someone told me, and I was like, `Oh, my God. Really? This is so weird," Bouchard said.
"Yeah, it`s really cool. Doesn`t feel super, (it`s) not like there is anything to celebrate. I lost, so I was just like, `Okay, I just want to keep moving forward`.
"It`s always a cool thing move up in the rankings."
Bouchard`s rise comes after a breakthrough year in which she made the Wimbledon final, the French and Australian Open semis and won her first WTA title.
But her debut in the eight-player season finale proved tough as she committed 30 unforced errors and was broken four times by world number four Halep.
"Usually we lose and we`re ready to get out of the city and go to the next tournament," said Bouchard, who had her upper leg taped in what she called a "little injury issue".
"I have to practice tomorrow, so it`s definitely a weird situation. But it`s kind of like we have a few lives here this week.
"It`s great to play three matches against top-10 players in the world. You can`t ask for anything better."