NEW YORK - Just hours after Milos Raonic advanced to the fourth round at the US Open, Eugenie Bouchard did likewise. On Saturday night, the 20-year-old Canadian phenom defeated Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic by a score of 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4 in a match that lasted just over two-and-a-half hours.
Bouchard won her Saturday evening tilt at Arthur Ashe Stadium where she had won her two previous matches. It's fair to say that the 24,000-seat venue has been kind to the Canadian thus far. It also doesn't hurt that the stadium just happens to be the largest in tennis.
"I felt great," said Bouchard following her victory. "With all the energy around, I felt we had to put on a show.
"I don't know if I can ever get used to something so special as here. It was windy and difficult tonight but I don't care, I'd play here any time."
The No. 7 seed narrowly lost the second set before entering a third set that went back and forth. That is, of course, until Bouchard stopped a string of three-straight breaks of serve before pulling away from the Czech veteran.
"In in the third set, when things still weren't going my way, I felt a little lull in my game," Bouchard said. "In the second set I felt it, and in the beginning of the third.
"Somehow I was able to snap out of it and turn it around. It's important to at least realize when I'm in those moments, try to get myself out of it, which I was able to do."
This was Bouchard's third win over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. The native of Westmount, Quebec, also defeated the Czech last fall in Osaka, Japan, and this spring on clay in Nurenberg, Germany.
Up next for Genie will be Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.