LONDON - In her third Grand Slam of 2014, Eugenie Bouchard has advanced to her third quarter-final, defeating France's Alize Cornet in straight sets 7-6 (5), 7-5. This was not an easy win by any means but the Canadian's strong sense of resiliency proved to be the ticket to the All-England Club's final eight.
Having upset the top-seeded Serena Williams in the previous round, Alize Cornet had every intention of carrying that momentum into her match with Eugenie Bouchard - and for a while, it looked as if the Frenchwoman would have her way again. But after leading 4-2 and 5-2 in the second set, the 13th-seeded Bouchard stormed back by winning four-straight sets and ultimately the match.
The 20-year-old will now await the winner of the match between Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber.
While many Canadian fans are hoping for an upset, Bouchard must be hoping for a rematch with Sharapova, whom she lost to in the semi-final of the French Open just over a month ago.
With her win over Cornet, Bouchard has become the first Canadian woman in the Open era to advance to the quarter-final at Wimbledon - but she is not willing to stop there, and who can blame her? As impressive as her semi-final runs at the Australian Open and the French Open were this year, nothing would do the native of Westmount, Quebec, more justice than to exceed both finishes at said Grand Slams.
But one step at a time.