It’s a Grand Slam so that means Eugenie Bouchard is again playing good tennis. A year after breaking through reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open, Bouchard advanced to the quarterfinals this year after outlasting Irina-Camila Begu in three sets today.
But up next on Tuesday is a fourth meeting with Maria Sharapova who has beaten the Canadian in all three of their previous meetings including the last two French Opens.
“I think it’s always great to play the best players in the world,” said Bouchard. “We’ve had a couple matches, and a good match last year. You know, I think I was close. It was just a tough battle. But I think I’ve progressed a lot since then, and, you know, I definitely want to keep playing my game no matter what. Really kind of take it to her, go for my shots. That’s what I want to do on the court. And it’s more fun when I play that way, too. I had more fun in the third set today. So I want to try to do that.”
Added Sharapova on Bouchard, “She’s been playing really well in this tournament and also in the slams the last year. Really confident tennis and inspired form. I expect her to come out and play a really good match. I think we only played each other one time last year, which was at the French. That was a really tough match for me. I had to come back from being down one set to Love.
“She’s a pretty aggressive player. She stays really close to the line, she likes to dictate the points. Yeah, I feel that’s where she’s hurt a lot of players and been really successful.”
And with two Madisons, Keys and Brengle, playing tomorrow, Bouchard was asked if she’s every met another Eugenie. “I have never met anyone with my own name, so that will never happen,” she joked.
Bouchard is actually named after Princess Eugenie of York.
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