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Bouchard Recovers To See Off Shvedova

Eugenie Bouchard's impressive start to the clay court season continued with a straight set win over Yaroslava Shvedova in Oeiras on Wednesday.

Published April 30, 2014 12:12


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OEIRAS, Portugal - No.2 seed Eugenie Bouchard overcame a slow start to defeat Yaroslava Shvedova in the second round of the Portugal Open.

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The Plot
Despite a few slips and slides along the way, Bouchard made an impressive start to her European clay court campaign, overcoming an in-from Alisa Kleybanova on Tuesday. Her reward for this was a meeting with another of the WTA's bigger hitters, Yaroslava Shvedova, who, following an up and down 2013, has shown signs of a return to form of late.

The Turning Point
Shvedova, a two-time French Open quarterfinalist, made a bright start and looked to be on her way to the opening set when she broke for a 4-2 lead. This setback, though, seemed to awaken Bouchard from her early slumber, as she promptly rattled off the next four games to pinch the set.

With the momentum now firmly behind her, the Canadian struck twice more at the start of the second to eased into the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-2.

"It was difficult to get a lot of rhythm because she can hit some really big balls," Bouchard said. "She was controlling quite a lot of the points today, which I wasn't too happy with, although I still feel like my game is in a good place and I'm just going to try and keep getting better.

"It was tight at the end of the first set, so I just tried to stay positive and luckily got through. I think every day you get a little bit more used to the clay. It's still an adjustment period and the goal is just to get better with every match."

What's Next
Bouchard's next test will come in the shape of María-Teresa Torró-Flor or former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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