(ISN) – Montreal, June 30, 2014 – For the third consecutive Grand Slam, Eugenie Bouchard
(Westmount, QC) has reached the quarter-finals. To do so, the no. 13 seed at
Wimbledon defeated Alizé Cornet of France 7-6(5), 7-5 on famed Centre Court Monday.
The match started with the roof open, but rain forced an interruption in play, so
that the roof could be closed during the first set. There were no breaks of serve in
the opening frame. In the tiebreak, Bouchard took a 4-1 lead, but Cornet won four
points in a row to lead 5-4. The 20-year-old steadied to win the final three points,
including an ace at 5-5, to take the opening set. Loyal to her reputation as a
fighter, Cornet battled back and held a break advantage through most of the second
set, but was unable to hold serve at 5-4, and Bouchard made the most of her chance
to close out the match in straights. She avenges the loss she suffered to Cornet in
the semifinals at Strasbourg last year and has not lost any of the four sets she has
played on Centre Court at Wimbledon in her career.
“I am proud of the way I fought today,” said Bouchard after the match. “It wasn’t
easy, Alizé is a great player and bring a lot of balls back in play, so I had to
make sure to finish the points well.”
Bouchard becomes the first Canadian in the Open Era to reach the quarter-finals at
Wimbledon. She will try and reach her third consecutive Major semifinal after
getting to the final four at the Australian Open and Roland-Garros. She awaits the
winner of the quarter-final match between Russia’s Maria Sharapova and Angelique
Kerber of Germany.