Canadian Revolution

REBECCA MARINO Canadians are taking over the world right now.

Justin Bieber is the most famous teenager on the planet (possibly contested with Rebecca Black), Arcade Fire won a Brit and Grammy award recently and they also have rapper Drake.

That’s all coming from the music industry though. When it comes to sport, other than ice hockey and ‘Owen Hargreaves’, they are a bit light on top-class competitors. Luckily, Milos Raonic has stormed the ATP Tour this year and he’s also been joined by Rebecca Marino.

The WTA’s world number 58 is a French-speaking 20-year-old residing in Vancouver. Like her male counterpart she’s already been seen on Ace of Baseline before but only briefly.

She’s reached her highest ranking to date thanks to a final appearance in Memphis last month where she retired against Magdalena Rybarikova due to an abdominal injury picked up in the semi-finals.

Since then Marino has fallen at the first round stage of the BNP Paribas Open and the first qualifying round of the Sony Ericsson Open and with the oncoming clay court season we’ll have to wait and see if she can keep her progress going.

A regular tweeter and a devoutly proud Canadian her Twitter profile has her location down as “i’m oot and aboot, eh?”.

She’s yet to reach Wimbledon or Roland Garros’ main draw which is no doubt something she will aim to achieve come the end of spring.

She has however had experience at Fed Cup level and with herself and Raonic being the top Canadians out there there is a great future for their Hopman Cup team.

It’s helped also by strength in depth. Eugenie Bouchard is currently 374th in the world which is pretty good for a recently turned 17-year-old.

And remember the days when you couldn’t distinguish between Aleksandra Wozniak and Caroline Wozniacki? Well the former has dropped from no.21 to outside the top 100 whilst you may be able to guess where the latter currently situates.

Wozniak is the number two in Canada now and her predecessor has to make sure she doesn’t suffer a similar fate.

Marino doesn’t quite have as many followers as the Bieber yet but if she can recreate half of his success then she’ll be doing Canada even more proud.

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) Justin Bieber

Two 17-year-old Canadians… Can Eugenie Bouchard also put her country on the map?


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