Bouchard gets by with a little help from no friends

Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:09am EST
 
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Away from the court, the women's tennis tour can seem a merry-go-round of social get-togethers, support groups and 'selfies' shared between leading players but Eugenie Bouchard has no desire to forge firm friendships with her rivals.

"For me, I see them as competition," the straight-talking Canadian told reporters after mowing through Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 7-5 6-0 to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open on Friday.

"You know, I don't want to become really good friends with any of the girls or tour.

"I'm definitely friendly with most of them, and that's fine, but I kind of come here, do my job, and leave. I think that's the best way for me to stay focused and not really have distractions."

Many of Bouchard's contenders have been talking up their close bonds.

Eighth-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki was eliminated on Thursday by two-time champion Victoria Azarenka, an opponent she describes as a good friend.

Serena Williams has also described Wozniacki as one of her best friends, the amiable Dane gaining some comfort from the American in the wake of her break-up with world number one golfer Rory McIlroy.

For Bouchard, the cold shoulder seems to be working for her at Melbourne Park where she has not dropped a set in her opening three matches.   Continued...

 
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada serves to Caroline Garcia of France during their women's singles third round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Issei Kato