LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg – Qualifier Eugenie Bouchard produced a scintillating performance to defeat No.3 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, 6-1, 6-0.
The Canadian won the first set in just 27 minutes, striking 11 winners in comparison to just four unforced errors, nullifying the threat of the WTA World No.24 as she showed glimpses of the form that once carried her to No.5 on the ranking.
There was no relent in the second set from the 24-year-old, who showcased her very best form, doubtless wary that when the players last met, she won the first set 6-1 but then lost the two following by an identical score.
From the beginning, this was a match the Canadian, now the WTA World No.108, was entirely in the groove for the duration.
In the opening four games, Suárez Navarro mustered a mere four points, three of which were on her opponent’s serve as she created a break point opportunity in the third game of the match. Had she been able to take it, perhaps Bouchard’s momentum might have been checked, but instead she took the first five games of the match, albeit facing another break point in her subsequent service game.
Although the Spaniard, who had immense difficulty finding her first serve throughout, had a discussion with her coach at the interval between sets, it made precious little difference as her opponent kept painting the lines with her powerful ground strokes.
Even in rallies in which Suárez Navarro appeared on top, her opponent had an ability to counter. Indeed, Bouchard's level was, if anything, better in the second set, during which she hit 15 winners and made just two unforced errors.
Having raced into a 5-0 lead, breaking her opponent three times in the process, Bouchard served out to book a quarterfinal match against Andrea Petkovic or No.5 seed Katerina Siniakova, her demolition of Suárez Navarro having lasted only 53 minutes.