Bouchard sneaks past Cornet

2014-06-30 18:35
Eugenie Bouchard (AFP)

London - Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard has booked her first appearance in the Wimbledon quarter-finals as the 13th seed defeated Alize Cornet 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 in the fourth round on Monday.

The 20-year-old underlined her growing reputation by seeing off French 25th seed Cornet, who had caused one of the great Wimbledon upsets in the previous round when she defeated world number one Serena Williams.

After reaching the semi-finals at the Australian and French Opens already this year, Bouchard, a junior Wimbledon winner in 2012, will aim to make it three in a row at the majors when she faces either world number five Maria Sharapova or German ninth seed Angelique Kerber in the last eight.

Meanwhile, Sabine Lisicki, last year's Wimbledon beaten finalist, finally downed former world number one Ana Ivanovic to give herself a place in the last 16 this time around.

In a match called off for bad light on Saturday, and then interrupted by rain early on Monday, the German 19th seed eventually beat the Serbian 11th seed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Court One.

She faces Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova on Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals.

"I always have a first here at Wimbledon so it was quite fitting to have the match suspended due to darkness, not play on the Sunday, come back, play, rain and then finish it. Finally we did it," Lisicki said.

"It was a good match. She (Ivanovic) is such a good player. I was ready and she hit amazing winners when we came out the first time and then the rain came in and then I think we were both hitting the winners."

She said she could not wait to face Shvedova, the world number 65.

"She is playing well on grass, has a big serve so I have to be ready so I'm looking forward to having another match," the hard-hitting German said.

"The fans make me feel so good here. It feels like being at home. Their cheering gives me so much energy. It's just fun."

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