Last year she lost in qualifying and was home before the Australian Open started. This time she started on court 15, made a semi-final, doubled her career prizemoney and moved inside the top 20.

Eugenie Bouchard felt proud after her straight-sets loss to Li Na on Thursday. But she wasn't surprised by what she had achieved in the last two weeks, and certainly didn't feel satisfied.

''I wouldn't say I exceeded my expectations, but I'm happy with how I did,'' said Bouchard, who should move from 31 to around 18 when the world rankings are updated next week.

Eugenie Bouchard.

Eugenie Bouchard. Photo: Justin McManus

''I always want to do better … I've been working hard my whole life to do this, play at grand slams and do well. It's not an overnight thing. But I'm never satisfied with losing … I always want to go further and do better.''

Bouchard found herself up against a player who gave her no room to move, little time to think and few opportunities to do what she had planned to do, winning just three of the first 23 points and none of the first five games. But the 19-year-old found her way into the match late in the second set.

''I know my family and friends back home are excited for me. It's making news a little bit.''

Eugenie Bouchard cools off during her loss to Li Na.

Eugenie Bouchard cools off during her loss to Li Na. Photo: AFP