Eugenie Bouchard of Canada chases down a shot to Caroline Garcia of France during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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Eugenie Bouchard – the unwitting protagonist of an Australian Open saga that has been dubbed "Twirlgate" – would prefer if people just focused on her tennis.This is not the first time the Australian Open has offered up a headline-grabbing sideshow that has nothing to do with tennis.The 20-year-old Bouchard, a 1.78-meter photogenic blonde, has become one of tennis' newest cover girls. She won the Wimbledon juniors' title in 2012 and has made rapid progress ever since. She reached the semifinals at last year's Australian and French Opens followed by the Wimbledon final which ushered her into the No. 7 ranking – the highest ever for a Canadian player.Bouchard won her third-round match Friday, beating Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 6-0 . After a few questions on tennis, her post-match news conference turned to the twirl.
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