Eugenie Bouchard has survived the rash of upsets thus far at the US Open. Just three of the Top 8 seeds remain in the women’s draw and that includes Bouchard who made the Wimbledon finals and the French and Australian semis.
Last night the 20-year-old needed three sets to clip Barbora Strycova Zahlavova, and afterward she revealed that winning the Wimbledon juniors was a bigger achievement than reaching the Wimbledon finals.
“I’m very proud of my [Wimbledon] title win in the juniors. That’s still my proudest accomplishment in my career to date,” Bouchard said. “But, you know, my real goal is to win a real one. I think it’s going to take a lot. I think it’s going to take better tennis than what I did tonight. It’s going to take the fight I showed tonight. I want to improve on playing the way I know I can play which is much better than what I did today.”
Tomorrow in her first fourth round US Open match Bouchard will play Russian Ekatarina Makarova.
“I think I’ve played her once and I lost that match I think a couple years ago,” Bouchard said. “I know she plays really well. I think she’s played well this year. I think she had a good result at Wimbledon. It’s always tricky playing a lefty, so I’m going to get my 60-year-old coach to serve to me. Hopefully that will prepare me a little bit.”
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