Playing her first tournament since the U.S. Open this week at the Wuhan Open in China, Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the quarter-finals of the WTA Premier 5 event on Wednesday and set up an encounter with French No. 1 Alize Cornet for the following day.
Canadian darling Eugenie Bouchard secured her spot in the quarter-final round of the Wuhan Open with a 6-2, 6-3 win over American Alison Riske. In the win, Bouchard hit 25 winners compared to 18 from her opponent. She also converted five of her eight break point opportunities to close out the match in 1 hour and 18 minutes. The Canadian moves on to contest her eighth quarter-final of the season and first since Wimbledon.
“It was straight sets but it was definitely tougher than the score,” Bouchard said. “Alison is a really good player and wasn’t giving me many free points. I really had to fight for every single point and I think the crowd saw that and appreciated our efforts.”
Following her third round retirement victory over Serena Williams – her third consecutive win over the world No. 1 in 2014 – Alize Cornet needed three sets to defeat Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3 in 2 hours and 4 minutes.
This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and the second time this year following their earlier encounter at the Wimbledon Championships. The two have split the series 1-1, with Bouchard winning the more recent encounter on grass, while Cornet beat the Canadian in Strasbourg last season.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchrd in Three Sets