Eugenie Bouchard fights past Irina-Camelia Begu to reach last eight at the Australian Open


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Eugenie Bouchard fights past Irina-Camelia Begu to reach last eight at the Australian Open

Seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard bounced back after losing the second set to topple Romania’s 42nd ranked player Irina-Camelia Begu in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday. It was all Bouchard show in until the mid of second set.

After winning the first set 6-1 and leading the second set 3-0 after just 40 minutes, it looked like an easy outing for the Canadian player. However, Begu brought her A game to win five straight games and lead 5-3. Bouchard levelled the set at 5-5 but then the Romanian player won two consecutive games to close the set 7-5.

Right when another upset was being anticipated due to Bouchard’s meltdown, the 20-year-old showed her class and repeated what she did with her opponent in opener, winning the final set 6-2. When asked about the loss of second set during her post match press conference, she replied, "It's disappointing because I want to play so well and I want to be so perfect, but that's not possible.

But it happens. I think I started being a bit less aggressive, a bit too passive, and that's not my game at all. I don't do well when that happens. She strung together a few good points and hit some good shots and serves, and she got some more confidence as the second set went on.

It's disappointing, but I learned from it and I'll make sure it doesn't happen next time." Bouchard’s career breakthrough came here last year when she reached the semi-finals, losing to eventual champion Li Na.

That effort was followed by semi-final and final run at French Open and Wimbledon respectively. The Canadian star will now face the player with whom she is compared the most, Maria Sharapova. The world number two thrashed Chinese player Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-0 to reach the quarter-finals.