Tennis-Bouchard breezes into last eight, Murray survives

Sun Jun 1, 2014 10:42am EDT
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard's meteoric rise continued on Sunday when the baby-faced Canadian demolished Angelique Kerber 6-1 6-2 to claim a quarter-final spot at the French Open.

The 18th seeded Bouchard, who reached the Australian Open semi-final this year, blazed away with 30 winners in just 52 minutes on court Philippe Chatrier.

Andy Murray survived a cliffhanger against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, returning to court on Sunday to win 12-10 in the deciding set after their third-round match had been stopped by bad light at 7-7 in the fifth the previous evening.

French hopes took a knock as Richard Gasquet failed to stage a comeback against Spain's Fernando Verdasco in another third round match held over from Saturday.

Bouchard's pace and variety of shots was too much to handle for the higher-seeded Kerber, who had reached the last eight at Roland Garros in 2012.

The German was caught snoozing early on and went 5-0 down, never recovering as Bouchard set up a meeting with 14th seed Carla Suarez Navarro after the Spaniard used her one-handed backhand to great effect to end the run of up-and-coming Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic with a 6-3 6-3 win.

"I feel like since the beginning of the year I have been improving my game, since Australia I'm at a different level from there," said Bouchard, who claimed her first WTA title the previous week in Nuremberg.

"I have been feeling that way in practice and in matches recently. Even if it's not always there, I know that I can really play at a good level.   Continued...

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns a forehand to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe