Bouchard Stuns Kerber & Reaches QFs
Published June 01, 2014 12:14
After disappointing weeks at Premier-level stops in Madrid and Rome - neither of them won a match those two weeks - Kerber and Bouchard both started finding their feet on clay at the lead-up event in Nürnberg, Kerber reaching the quarterfinals and Bouchard going all the way to her first WTA title.
This was the second time the pair would meet, having played in the second round of the US Open last summer - that time, Kerber got the better of Bouchard in three sets. Bouchard was after some revenge.
The Turning Point
And that's exactly what Bouchard got - and in style, too. The No.18-seeded Bouchard unleashed a barrage of massive serves, forehands, backhands and swinging volleys throughout the match, constantly burning her opponent with down-the-line redirects off both wings, particularly forehands.
At the end of the day, Bouchard piled up a massive 30 winners to just 11 unforced errors, compared to 12 and 10 for Kerber, and she saw off the No.8-seeded German in 52 rapid-fire minutes, 6-1, 6-2.
To put those stats in perspective, that's approximately one winner every minute and 44 seconds.
By The Numbers
Beyond those match stats, Bouchard is now on a nine-match winning streak, having won five to take the aforementioned Nürnberg title and four so far here. This is also her second straight Grand Slam quarterfinal - she went all the way to the semifinals of the year's first major, the Australian Open.
"She's a great player and she played very well today," Kerber said. "I didn't play my best tennis today. I couldn't find my rhythm. I was completely not on the court. I was there and I was trying to come back, but I just wasn't feeling the ball, and it was really tough. I don't really know what happened.
"But I think she played very well today, so congratulations to her. That's sport."
"Today my goal of taking it early worked really well - I was really going for my shots," Bouchard said. "I felt good out there. I think I executed my game plan really well, so I'm pretty happy with that.
"I mean, I'm confident. I really believe in my skills. I believe I can play with the best girls out there. She's Top 10, so I respect her, and she can play some really good tennis, so I was really mentally prepared for anything, for a battle. I think that kind of mindset really helped me out there today.
"There are always things to improve though. I'll try to do even better for my next match."
Awaiting Bouchard in the quarterfinals will be No.14 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, who saw off Ajla Tomljanovic later in the day, 6-3, 6-3. Suárez Navarro beat Bouchard in their only previous meeting.