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Bouchard dominates Kerber in Madrid

May 10, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

After her first ever win over Maria Sharapova earlier in the week, Genie Bouchard was back in action on Wednesday, this time taking on world no. 2 Angelique Kerber of Germany. In a tough third round match-up, the Canadian came away with the victory 6-3, 5-0 (retd.).

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The first set began with both players exchanging breaks, neither able to hold serve in the first four games. The first service game was notably long; a preview of what was to come for the rest of the set.

After Bouchard got the first hold, Kerber double faulted, for the first time in the match, giving the Canadian her first lead of the set. But the German showed the high caliber of play which allowed her to climb to the No. 1 ranking towards the end of last year.

The Canadian went up another break and was able to hold serve to take the first set 6-3 in 36 minutes. In a set characterized by double faults and breaks of serve, Bouchard came out on top with an impressive display of strong baseline hitting against the world no. 2.

The last time Bouchard won a match against a Top 10 player was back in January when she beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, then ranked world no. 6, in the second round at Sydney. In that same tournament, she also overcame the 23rd and 27th ranked players before eventually falling to Johanna Konta of Great Britain in the semifinals.

Bouchard began the second set like she finished the first, breaking her opponent and holding strong on her serve. The Canadian continued her dominance, not allowing her opponent to get back into the match. After taking a medical timeout towards the end of the set, Kerber retired from the match with an injury.

Bouchard now leads their head to head with four wins and two losses. Three of her four wins against Kerber have come on clay.

Awaiting Bouchard in the quarter-finals is Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won her match against Wang Quiang earlier on Wednesday. This will be the Canadian’s first WTA Premier Mandatory event quarter-final appearance. The match will be played on Thursday.

Daniel Nestor was also in action on Wednesday, partnering Fabrice Martin of France. The pair faced a tough opponent in the second seeds Bob and Mike Bryan. Despite putting up a tough fight, the Canadian-French pair fell 7-5, 2-6, 7-10.

Feature photo: Madrid Open