Eugenie Bouchard is confident that she can compete with the best in the world.
The top ranked Canadian produced one of her best performances of the season to defeat German No. 1 Angelique Kerber in straight sets. Bouchard hit 30 winner and just 11 unforced errors to earn the 6-1, 6-2 victory in 52 minutes. It was far from the competitive encounter that many had anticipated, and sets up an even more intriguing quarter-final clash.
“Today my goal of taking it early worked really well – I was really going for my shots,” Bouchard said. “I felt good out there. I think I executed my game plan really well, so I’m pretty happy with that. I mean, I’m confident. I really believe in my skills. I believe I can play with the best girls out there. She’s Top 10, so I respect her, and she can play some really good tennis, so I was really mentally prepared for anything, for a battle. I think that kind of mindset really helped me out there today.
“There are always things to improve though. I’ll try to do even better for my next match.”
The top-ranked Canadian made history as the first Canadian woman to make the quarter-finals in Paris since Helen Kelesi did it in 1989. She will next face Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarter-final round on Tuesday.