(CNN)What a difference a year makes for former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.
Barely able to win a match 12 months ago, the 22-year-old Canadian upset Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in the second round of the Rome Masters Wednesday with a hard-fought 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 victory.
It was Bouchard’s first win over a top 10 player since her breakthrough in 2014, when she was hailed as the next big thing in women’s tennis after reaching the Wimbledon final and semifinals in Australia and at Roland Garros.
The 46th-ranked Bouchard had been leading 6-1, 3-0 when the second-ranked Kerber of Germany, the winner of last month’s clay-court event in Stuttgart, fought back. But in the end it wasn’t enough and Bouchard will now play Czech Barbora Strychova in the third round.
“For sure I’m happy to win, but at the same time I’m disappointed in myself having a lead like I had,” Bouchard told the women’s tour website. “I feel like I could have done better in that second set.”
“My goal next time is if I’m in a position like that is to really be more mentally disciplined and keep pushing. Because these players, if you give them a chance they will come back.”
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