Tennis: Rising star Eugenie Bouchard continued to surprise everybody, but herself, when she stunned World No.9 Angelique Kerber in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 to reach the Quarterfinals of the 2014 French Open. The 20-year-old Canadian had made her Grand Slam debut here last year and reached the second round.
She could not go beyond the 3rd round at 2013 Wimbledon and second round of 2013 US Open. But she started this year by reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Bouchard was not able to win any match in the Premiere events she played in Madrid and Rome but she won her first WTA title at Nurnberg, in the week before the French Open.
Angelique Kerber, who had reached the semi-finals of the US Open in 2011, Wimbledon in 2012 and Quarterfinals here in 2012, had beaten Bouchard in their only previous meeting last year at the US Open. Kerber had won in 3 sets, so Bouchard was looking for a revenge.
The Canadian started strong and did not face even a single break point in the first set. She broke Kerber twice to take the first set 6-1 in just 22 minutes. The second set lasted 8 more minutes than the first set, as Kerber was able to hold one more game, than she did in the first.
Bouchard again broke her twice and won the second set 6-2 to move into the last 8 in just 52 minutes. In her press conference Eugenie Bouchard seems everything but surprised with the result and the ease she had in beating a top 10 player: "I felt good out there.
I executed my game very well. I am confident, I believe in my skills and I think I can play and beat the top girls out there.vI was going for my shots, it was my intension, to cut the rallies short to dominate with my serve and return.
Compared to last year I have improved a lot my game. I know I can play at a very good level. Obviously there are still things I can do better, and I plan to work on it. I am fully concentrated on the tournament right now, I have no time to go around sighteeing".
Asked if she has friends on the tour, Genie reveals: "No, I don't. I don't have friends on the WTA tour because I don't think is a place to have friends. We are going to compete against one another at a certain stage, so it wouldn't really make sense.
For me everybody is competition". To reach the semifinals for the second consecutive Grand Slam, Bouchard will have to beat the winner of 14th seed Carla Suarez Navarro and Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia.