PARIS - She defeated Sweden's Johanna Larsson in straight sets (7-5, 6-4) on Friday, and in the fourth round on Sunday, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard did one better as she cruised past the 8th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-1, 6-2. Now, Bouchard advances to her second Grand Slam quarter-final of 2014 where she will face No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.
“I’m confident and I really believe in my skills. I believe I can play with the best girls out there,” said Bouchard. “She’s top 10, so I respect her. She can play some really good tennis. I was really mentally prepared for anything, for a battle.
“That mindset kind of helped me . . . made me realize whatever happens I can deal with it on the court. I was really going for my shots. That was my intention and it worked.”
With the win, the No. 18 Bouchard becomes the first Canadian woman to advance to the quarter-finals in Paris since Helen Kelesi in 1989.
In her victory over Kerber, the native of Westmount, Que., was masterful. En route to her victory, she made 30 winners and just 11 unforced errors. Bouchard also broke Kerber on four of seven occasions as she went on to defeat the same woman who eliminated her in the second-round of last year's US Open.
“I just felt good out there, I executed my game plan really well, so I’m happy with that,” said Bouchard. “There are always things to improve, and I’m just going to focus on that (Monday) and try to do even better my next match.”
With her win, Bouchard's record improves at 13-4 at Grand Slams while improving to 29-11 on the season.