The number eleven has been significant in Eugenie Bouchard’s two rounds at the Rogers Cups this week. In the first round, the eighteen year old Canadian wildcard took out former world number 11, Shahar Peer of Israel, in three sets on the second day of play. Yesterday, the current world number 11, Li Na of China, ousted her in straights sets, in a match which lasted one and a half hours, 6-4 6-4. Many fans stayed to the very end of the match (which only got started after 9pm because of the many rain stoppages throughout the day’s play), to warmly congratulate the young Canadian’s efforts against one of the current top stars of the WTA.
Li, generous in her praise of the up and coming young Canadian, admitted that it was her superior experience at the top level of the game that brought her through the match, which could have become tricky at any stage of either of the two sets, had her serve been broken.
The Chinese player is expected to have a very stiff test when she comes up against the very in form Italian player and number eight seed, Sara Errani in the third round.