After the match, Bouchard said, “I believe I can play with the best girls out there. She’s top 10, so I respect her. She can play some really good tennis. I was really mentally prepared for anything, for a battle.”
On the other side, Kerber said, “I was not in the game. I was trying, but I had no rhythm. I don’t know. I make so many mistakes. I actually was not moving very good. So, yeah, I just can say that it was not my best day today.” Although she lost, Kerber still praised Bouchard saying that she played well.
Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard defeats Germany’s Angelique Kerber in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) in 4th round of French Open. pic.twitter.com/DhRbomoFO6
— CP24 (@CP24) June 1, 2014
In the first 15 minutes of the match, Bouchard was already in the lead at 5-0. She only made 11 unforced errors throughout the game, and had 77 percent first serves in the first set. During the second set, she served 42 percent first serves, but was still able to win the round. Kerber, on the other hand, made plenty of unforced errors.
8th Seed Angelique Kerber and Eugenie Bouchard have only played once when Kerber was the victor. Kerber is EVS to win pic.twitter.com/pKma0HXdlF
— William Hill Betting (@WillHillBet) June 1, 2014
Bouchard also said that she always tries to take control of the game with her serves and her returns and always makes it her goal to move forward.
Bouchard practiced with her coach Nick Saviano in order to boost her game level. “Even if he’s in his 50s, he can still serve a few,” she said referring to her coach.
Bouchard will play Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 14, at the quarterfinal round.
“There is a lot of room for other players to move up. I think it just makes the draw really interesting when some of the top names are out and we see some new names that we haven’t seen that much,” Bouchard said.
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