Bouchard gets by with a little help from no friends
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...