Charleston - Canadian starlet Eugenie Bouchard held off former world number one
Venus Williams 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Family
Circle Cup quarter-finals.
Bouchard, an Australian Open
semi-finalist who is seeded sixth in the green claycourt WTA premier
level event, saved two set points in the first-set tiebreaker, and
rallied from a break down in the third to advance to a meeting with
either second-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic or Croatian Ajla
Williams followed her younger sister, world number one and top seed Serena Williams, out of the tournament.
was stunned in her opening match by Slovakian Jana Cepelova, who
followed up that big win with a 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3 victory over
13th-seeded Russian Elena Vesnina.
Cepelova will face fellow
Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova in the quarter-finals. Hantuchova breezed
past Teliana Pereira of Brazil 6-2, 6-3.
Venus Williams, who won
the Charleston title in 2004, held two set points at 6-4 in the
first-set tiebreaker, but 20-year-old Bouchard won four successive
points en route to taking the set.
Williams, bounced back with a
strong second set, and broke for a 2-1 lead in the third, but her
unforced errors allowed Bouchard to get back in it and the Canadian
broke her in the final game to seal the win.
"In the second set she really started going for her shots," Bouchard said.
"I just tried to keep fighting. It was a little bit ugly at times, but I just kept trying to fight through it."
Third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy advanced with a narrow 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5) victory over China's Peng Shuai.
Peng had a set point in each set but couldn't convert.
"It was an unbelievable match," Errani said. "All the games were very close."
Results on Thursday from the WTA Tour Family Circle Cup (x denotes seeded player):
Jana Cepelova (SVK) bt Elena Vesnina (RUS x13) 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK x12) bt Teliana Pereira (BRA) 6-2, 6-3
Sara Errani (ITA x3) bt Peng Shuai (CHN) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5)
Belinda Bencic (SUI) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1
Lucie Safarova (CZE x9) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS x7) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Andrea Petkovic (GER x14) bt Sabine Lisicki (GER x4) 6-1, 6-0
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN x6) bt Venus Williams (USA x11) 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 6-4
Jelena Jankovic (SRB x2) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 7-5, 6-1