Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) beat Alize Cornet (FRA) today 7-6, 7-5 on Centre Court, with a brief suspension of play due to rain. Once the roof was closed both players came out fighting, leading to an extremely close first set. With only four break points being conceded, the set went to a tie-break which Bouchard clinched, 7 points to 5.
Despite Cornet’s confidence from her victory over Serena Williams on Friday (see highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBKL5CfayqM), her 9th seeded opponent was too much for her. While Cornet excels at chasing down balls, with incredible agility and flair, Bouchard was just too aggressive, consistently playing her groundstrokes deep into the court to prevent Cornet from playing too many drop-shots.
The second set looked like it was going to Cornet, who was leading 4-2 with some impressive winners in response to a couple of weak second serves. But Bouchard held on, and Cornet seemed to buckle under pressure at 5-4 up, leaving room for the Canadian to overtake and win the set 7-5, showcasing some extraordinary rallies utilising the net and some powerful drive volleys.
Bouchard is a relatively new face on the Grand Slam tour, this year’s Wimbledon proving to be her 6th major tournament appearance. At only 20 years of age she’s had an extremely successful career, winning the Junior Wimbledon title in 2012 and reaching the semi-finals of the Australian and French Opens. Tipped by McEnroe to be this year’s champion, watch out for her match against either Kerber or Sharapova in the next round.