Bouchard sparkles as Murray reigns supreme

Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:10pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard succeeded where Serena Williams failed as she beat Alize Cornet to reach the last eight of Wimbledon on a rain-hit Monday that produced another display of grass mastery by defending men's champion Andy Murray.

Frenchwoman Cornet caused a sensation on Saturday by removing five-times champion and pre-tournament favourite Williams, but the fresh-faced Bouchard proved to be made of sterner stuff as she edged to a 7-6(5) 7-5 victory.

"That's cool. I didn't know that," the 20-year-old said of becoming the first Canadian to reach a Wimbledon quarter-final. "Another little historic thing for Canada."

The match was halted after five games to allow the Centre Court roof to slide shut as more rain hit the championships after Saturday's lengthy disruptions.

"It was an honour to play under you @WimbledonRoof" Bouchard, the new golden girl of tennis, Tweeted later.

Murray began his fourth-round match against giant South African Kevin Anderson under cloudy skies, building up a commanding lead, but after more rain prompted another roof closure he was given his stiffest examination so far.

The third seed even came within a point of conceding his first set of what has been stress-free tournament for the home favourite before sealing an impressive 6-4 6-3 7-6(6) victory to reach the quarter-finals for a seventh consecutive year.

The 27-year-old is on a semi-final collision course with top seed Novak Djokovic, who eased past Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-4 7-6(5), but must first negotiate his way past in-form Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Argentine Leonardo Mayer.   Continued...

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts after defeating Alize Cornet of France in their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Toby Melville