Genie Bouchard’s run through her Madrid draw continued on Wednesday as the 23-year-old Canadian stormed past top seed and world no. 1 Angelique Kerber in the third round. Bouchard cruised into the quarer-finals with a 6-3, 5-0 win after Kerber retired with an injury.
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The match started with four consecutive breaks of serve. Tied at 2-2, Bouchard was the first player to hold serve and broke again for a 4-2 lead. Kerber did get the break back to level the match but then Bouchard went on a streak of winning seven straight games and led 6-3, 5-0.
Kerber did not hold serve in the 57-minute match. The German retired with a hamstring injury and was playing in uncomfortable circumstances in the fifth game of the second set.
Kerber said she felt her left hamstring on the second to last point. Knew she couldn’t play in the rallies. Hoping it’s not serious.
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Bouchard is enjoying her best results in recent months this week in Madrid. In January, she defeated three Top 30 players – Shuai Zhang, Dominika Cibulkova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – to make the semi-finals of the Sydney International.
This week, Bouchard has defeated Alizé Cornet and 5-time Major champion Maria Sharapova in the first two rounds of action. The Canadian won her first three set match in 10 months, when she defeated Lucie Safarova in the first round of Coupe Rogers in July 2016. It was also the first time she’s won back-to-back three set matches since Rome 2016 – nearly one year ago.
The victory against Kerber is Bouchard’s most dominant win since defeating Louisa Chirico earlier this year in the first round of the Australian Open 6-0, 6-4.
With this win, Bouchard advanced to her first career WTA Premier Mandatory quarter-final. She will face Svetlana Kuznetsova there, who is the 2009 Roland Garros champion and 2015 runner-up in Madrid. Kuznetsova leads the head-to-head against Bouchard 2-0, including their lone clay meeting in 2014.