Eugenie Bouchard races into French Open quarter-finals
Published Sunday, June 1, 2014 11:38AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 2, 2014 9:25AM EDT
PARIS -- Montreal's Eugenie Bouchard crushed Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-2 in well under an hour on Sunday to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open.
Bouchard spent just 52 minutes in administering her thrashing and next faces the winner from Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro and Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic.
"I'm confident and I really believe in my skills. I believe I can play with the best girls out there," said Bouchard. "She's top 10, so I respect her. She can play some really good tennis. I was really mentally prepared for anything, for a battle.
"That mindset kind of helped me, it made me realize whatever happens I can deal with it on the court. I was really going for my shots. That was my intention and it worked."
Bouchard stormed to her victory with 30 winners and 11 unforced errors. She broke Kerber on four of seven occasions as she took revenge for a US Open second-round loss to the German last year.
Bouchard never wavered as she dominated Kerber to win her ninth straight match, the longest win streak of her career. She snapped up the opening set in 22 minutes and was equally lethal in the second as Kerber failed on the only break point she had during the match.
"I just felt good out there, I executed my game plan really well, so I'm happy with that," said Bouchard. "There are always things to improve, and I'm just going to focus on that tomorrow and try to do even better my next match."
Victory lifted her career record against top 10 opponents to 5-10. Her victims this season included No. 10 Sara Errani at Indian Wells in March and No. 8 Jelena Jankovic last April in Charleston.
Bouchard has a 13-4 record at Grand Slams and is 29-11 on the season.
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard returns the ball to Germany's Angelique Kerber in their fourth-round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France Sunday, June 1, 2014. Bouchard won 6-1, 6-2. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard returns the ball during the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sweden's Johanna Larsson at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)