She may not have won Wimbledon 2014, but there’s no question Eugenie Bouchard is responsible for claiming the attention and devotion of Canadians across the nation.

The 20-year-old Montreal tennis player became the first Canadian to ever reach a Grand Slam singles final on Saturday morning, losing to 24-year-old Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-0. Bouchard's place at the finals gained the excitement of legions of fans, but was not necessarily a surprise for this veteran, who's been playing since she was nine years old.

"I never say I'm surprised because I've put in a lot of hard work and it's been kind of years in the making to me. So I believe in myself and expect good results and I always want more," she told ESPN in an interview after the semifinal game.

Czech Republic's Kvitova, who was ranked 6th before the match, and is now seeded at 4th, was Wimbledon's champion in 2011. The left-handed server had previously beaten Bouchard at Toronto's Roger's Cup in 2013. There had been rumours the match would be held indoors due to inclement weather, a scenario many said would favour Kvitova's training.

"It was really tough for me today, but I'm proud of how I played this whole tournament," she told an ESPN interviewer after the game. "I feel like it's a step in the right direction." In response to a statement noting the level of noise in the crowd honouring her, she laughed and responded, "I don't know if I deserve all your love today, but I really appreciate it."

Bouchard, who won the junior singles title at Wimbledon in 2012, has been on a meteoric rise in the past two years, jumping from a 32nd seed at the end of 2013 to a number seven spot, even with this loss.

This ranking marks the first time two Canadian players have been in the top 10, as she joins Milos Raonic, who is seeded at number six after his loss in the semifinals against Roger Federer yesterday.

And Bouchard is well aware Canadian eyes have turned to her, taking in the international headlines shouting her name with her poised demeanour.

“It’s funny, because it seems I make history almost every match now,” she told ESPN's Hannah Storm before the semifinals. “It’s fun to make history like that. I first and foremost do it for myself, but if my country is proud, well, that’s great, too.”

The composed and mature 20-year-old has had her eye set on winning a Grand Slam for years, and winning Wimbledon had been of particular note, thanks to its special place in Bouchard's heart.

“It’s my favourite tournament, and I think it’s the most prestigious tournament in tennis,” she told the Toronto Star before the tournament started. “I love the tradition and the history of it — for me, just walking on the grounds, you can get chills down your spine, it’s so special.”

Even making it this far was undoubtedly a feat, and it probably didn’t hurt that Princess Eugenie, after whom Bouchard is named (her siblings also all have royal namesakes) was at the court to watch her game.

But as far as the future goes, in an interview with CBC on Thursday, Bouchard showed why she not only is one to watch now, but also why she makes an amazing role model for the next generation.

"I'm glad that people [in Canada] are getting interested in tennis … if little kids are inspired to play because of me I think that's the greatest honour. I hope tennis can grow as a sport in our country."

No question about it — Bouchard is a true champion.

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  • Wimbledon Finals

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada serves to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during the women's singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Wimbledon Finals

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada stretches to play a return to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during their women's singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Wimbledon Finals

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada plays a return to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during their women's singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Wimbledon Finals

    Canada's Eugenie Bouchard reacts to losing a point against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova during their women's singles final match on day twelve of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Wimbledon Finals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada stands dejected during the Ladies' Singles final match against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Wimbledon Finals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during the Ladies' Singles final match against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • Wimbledon Finals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during the Ladies' Singles final match against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

  • Wimbledon Finals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada serves during the Ladies' Singles final match against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Wimbledon Finals

    Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova (R) serves to Canada's Eugenie Bouchard (L) during their women's singles final match on day twelve of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Wimbledon Semifinals

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates winning the first set as she plays against Simona Halep of Romania during their women’s singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Wimbledon Semifinals

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada turns away after questioning a line call by the umpire as she plays against Simona Halep of Romania during their women’s singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Wimbledon Semifinals

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada plays a return to Simona Halep of Romania during their women’s singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Wimbledon Semifinals

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns to Simona Halep of Romania during their women's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Wimbledon Semifinals

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns to Simona Halep of Romania during their women's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Day Nine: Wimbledon 2014, Quarterfinals

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada waves as she walks off court after defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany in their women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Day Nine: Wimbledon 2014, Quarterfinals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates match point and winning her Ladies' Singles quarter-final match against Angelique Kerber of Germany on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Day Nine: Wimbledon 2014, Quarterfinals

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany in their women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Day Nine: Wimbledon 2014, Quarterfinals

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada serves to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Day Nine: Wimbledon 2014, Quarterfinals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during her Ladies' Singles quarter-final match against Angelique Kerber of Germany on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Day Nine: Wimbledon 2014, Quarterfinals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates after winning her Ladies' Singles quarter-final match against Angelique Kerber of Germany on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Day Seven: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates after winning her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Alize Cornet of France on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Day Seven: Wimbledon 2014

    Canada's Eugenie Bouchard (R) shakes hands with France's Alize Cornet after Bouchard won their women's singles fourth round match on day seven of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2014. Bouchard won 7-6, 7-5. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Day Seven: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Alize Cornet of France on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Day Seven: Wimbledon 2014

    Canada's Eugenie Bouchard returns against France's Alize Cornet during their women's singles fourth round match on day seven of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Day Seven: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada hits a backhand return during her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Alize Cornet of France on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Day Six: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates after winning her Ladies' Singles third round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

  • Day Six: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada shakes hands with Andrea Petkovic of Germany after their Ladies' Singles third round match on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

  • Day Six: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates after winning her Ladies' Singles third round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

  • Day Six: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada plays a forehand return during her Ladies' Singles third round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

  • Day Six: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada durign her Ladies' Singles third round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

  • Day Six: Wimbledon 2014

    Canada's Eugenie Bouchard returns to Germany's Andrea Petkovic during their women's singles third round match on day six of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Day Four: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates after winning her Ladies' Singles second round match against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • Day Four: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates after winning her Ladies' Singles second round match against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • Day Four: Wimbledon 2014

    Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa returns against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during their women's singles second round match on day four of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Day Four: Wimbledon 2014

    Canada's Eugenie Bouchard returns against Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa during their women's singles second round match on day four of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Day Two: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada (r) shakes hands with Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia after their Ladies' Singles first round match on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

  • Day Two: Wimbledon 2014

    Canada's Eugenie Bouchard celebrates match point to go on winning her women's singles first round match against Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova on day two of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Day Two: Wimbledon 2014

    Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova returns to Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during their women's singles first round match on day two of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Day Two: Wimbledon 2014

    Canada's Eugenie Bouchard serves to Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova during their women's singles first round match on day two of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Day Two: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in action during her Ladies' Singles first round match against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

  • Day Two: Wimbledon 2014

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in action during her Ladies' Singles first round match against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

  • Day Two: Wimbledon 2014

    Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova serves to Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during their women's singles first round match on day two of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Pre-Wimbledon Party

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Tennis Player Eugenie Bouchard attends the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party as guests enjoy Ciroc Vodka presented by Dubai Duty Free at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for WTA)

  • WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 19: Eugenie Bouchard arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Porsche)

  • WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Eugenie Bouchard attends the WTA Pre-Wimbledon party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

  • 2014 French Open - Day Twelve

    Canada's Eugenie Bouchard serves to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their French tennis Open semi-final match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2014 French Open - Day Twelve

    PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates a point during her women's singles semi-final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia on day twelve of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • 2014 French Open - Day Twelve

    PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates a point during her women's singles semi-final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia on day twelve of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • TENNIS-FRA-OPEN-WOMEN

    Canada's Eugenie Bouchard hits a return to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their French tennis Open semi-final match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2014 French Open - Day Twelve

    Russia's Maria Sharapova (R) walks by Canada's Eugenie Bouchard prior to their French tennis Open semi-final match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2014 French Open - Day Twelve

    PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada serves during her women's singles semi-final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia on day twelve of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)