MADRID, Spain - Eugenie Bouchard took down Alizé Cornet in three sets to score her career-first victory at the Mutua Madrid Open, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
“I'm proud of myself, how I stepped up and I think played even better in the third set,” Bouchard said in her post-match press conference. “Alizé is such a fighter. She doesn't give you anything. It was a tough battle.
“It was my first match win in Madrid, so I'm very, very happy about that. Fourth time's a charm.”
A lone break of serve was all that separated Bouchard and Cornet in the opening set, with Bouchard edging ahead to take the lead. In the second, it was a completely different story as six straight breaks of serve left both players struggling for a foothold in the match.
It was Cornet who recovered first, getting the first hold of the set in the seventh game and breaking in the final game to send the match into a decider.
But from there it all went the Canadian’s way – she played more aggressive and cut off Cornet’s angles, beating her at the net and breaking three times to wrap up her first victory in nearly three and a half months.
It doesn’t get any easier for her in the next round – she’ll face either No.17 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni or Stuttgart semifinalist Maria Sharapova for a chance to make it two wins in Madrid.
“I think they both play similar, aggressive tennis, but I hope I can play Maria,” Bouchard admitted. “Once I step on the court, everything will be to the side. But, you know, inside myself, I think I'll have a bit more motivation.”