(ISN) – Toronto, June 28, 2014 – Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, Que.) and Milos Raonic
(Thornhill, Ont.) have both earned a place in the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the
first time in their careers following third-round victories over Andrea Petkovic of
Germany and Lukasz Kubot of Poland respectively on a rain-soaked Saturday in London.
Both scheduled first on their courts, two significant rain delays interrupted their
matches throughout the day. Once play was finally able to commence for an extended
period of time, Bouchard and Raonic dispatched their opponents in straight sets to
become the first Canadians since Daniel Nestor in 1999 to reach the fourth round in
singles at Wimbledon.
Having lost all three previous meetings against No. 20 seed Petkovic heading into
the match, No. 13-seeded Bouchard ousted the former Top 10 player 6-3, 6-4. A
hard-fought duel between two competitors who both recently reached the French Open
semifinals, Bouchard managed to come out on top at the 91-minute mark. Bouchard, who
two years ago won the junior title at Wimbledon, will now face No. 25 seed Alize
Cornet of France in the fourth round.
Cornet upset top seed Serena Williams in the third round, coming back from a set
down to shockingly eliminate the 17-time Slam champion. Bouchard and Cornet have
played each other once before, with the Frenchwoman taking a three-set win in the
Strasbourg semifinals last year just prior to the French Open.
Raonic defeated No. 72-ranked Kubot 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 6-2 to advance into the fourth
round at a Slam for the sixth time in his career. Raonic was dominant in his serving
games, never really giving Kubot a chance. The 23-year-old Canadian blasted 30 aces,
won 95 per cent of his first serve points, and dropped only nine points on serve the
entire match. The No. 8 seed has not lost a set all week, having now won nine sets
in a row. Prior to this year, Raonic had not moved past the second round at the All
Standing in his way of a second consecutive Slam quarter-final is the winner of the
match between fellow young gun Kei Nishikori of Japan, seeded No. 10, and Italian
veteran Simone Bolelli.
This is the second time this year both Bouchard and Raonic have reached the round of
16 at the same Slam. Bouchard advanced into the semifinals at Roland Garros, while
Raonic was a quarter-finalist.