Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard continues to impress at the 2015 Australian Open, as she got past a stiff challenger in Caroline Garcia with relative ease to cruise into the fourth round of the tournament. She will next come up against Irina-Camelia Begu, whom she has never met previously on the professional tour.
Although not playing the cleanest of matches, Bouchard was certainly dominant. She defeated her French adversary Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-0 in less than 75 minutes to advance in the tournament. Bouchard hit 14 winners, converted 2 break points and won 59% of her first service points to close out the match.
“Yeah, I wasn’t playing great tennis in the first. I feel like she was putting some pressure on me and I really didn’t feel like I got a rhythm. But I’m happy that I just kept going. Even if it wasn’t going so well, I was able to turn it around.
“I loosened up a bit and started going for my shots and playing my game, which is what I need to do more. Yeah, probably taking a bit of time away from her stepping in. She was playing that way as well. It ended up being first-strike tennis and I did that better in the second.”
The Canadian will next come up against Begu, who defeated Germany’s Carina Witthoeft in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the tournament. She struck 14 winners, 5 aces, and won 63% of his first service points to clouse out the match in 1 hour and 26 minutes.
Bouchard and Irina-Camelia Begu have never met previously on the tour, which could add to the potential intrigue in the match. However, given Bouchard’s rejuvenated game so far this week, there is little doubt she will advance to the final eight in Melbourne.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Straight Sets