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How The Match Was Won: Eugenie Bouchard v Angelique Kerber

by Dan Imhoff
Wednesday 2 July 2014

The key components of Eugenie Bouchard’s 6-3, 6-4 quarter-final victory over Angelique Kerber

Fearless hitting – Bouchard played the only way she knows how, relentless from the back of the court. Her 29 winners were 12 more than Kerber’s and she rarely let her foot off the throttle once she had gained the upper hand in a point.

Improved net game – she has some of the strongest swinging volleys on the higher putaways of the top women, but her volleying technique otherwise is a work in progress. On Wednesday, though, Bouchard was on song, winning 12 of 16 points at net.

Tired turnaround – truth is, Kerber never really found her game until the third-last game of the match. Too little too late. Having to get back up less than a day after upsetting Maria Sharapova in a two-hour 37-minute battle of the highest quality was always going to take its toll.

Fresh feet – Bouchard, on the other hand, had the benefit of a day’s rest and had not dropped a set in her four previous matches.

Gutsy resolve – The pivotal game in the first set came at 3-3, when Bouchard fended off four break points on serve in a 10-minute game. She would go to take the next three games to land the first blow.

Path to the semi-finals

First round: defeated Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 7-5, 7-5 in one hour and 43 minutes.

This was a dangerous opening task against the flat-hitting 31-year-old Slovak. It may be 12 years since Hantuchova reached her sole Wimbledon quarter-final but she has provided Bouchard with arguably her toughest match of the tournament so far.

Second round: defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 7-5, 6-1 in one hour and six minutes.

While the 1.69m Spaniard is more at home on the slower clay, she held her own against Bouchard early on, before the Canadian pulled away with it in the second. She hit an impressive 24 winners to just eight from her opponent.

Third round: defeated No.20 seed Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 31 minutes.

This one was more even than the scoreline might suggest but Petkovic on possibly her weakest surface was always going to struggle against Bouchard’s pace of shot on the quick green turf. Thirty winners to 14 unforced errors were again telling for Bouchard.

Fourth round: defeated No.25 seed Alize Cornet (FRA) 7-6(5), 7-5 in one hour and 36 minutes.

The flashy Frenchwoman did Bouchard a huge favour in putting out five-time champion and top seed Serena Williams in the previous round. Much like Kerber’s letdown after beating Sharapova, Cornet was unable to back up the upset against the No.13 seed.

Quarter-final: defeated No.9 seed Angelique Kerber (GER) 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 12 minutes.

For the second time in as many majors, Bouchard upset the German lefty in straight sets. Kerber won their first encounter in three sets at last year’s US Open but has not been able to bring her A-game against her younger opponent in 2014.

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