Cape Town - Eugenie Bouchard has been all over the news of late, but now her results are starting to do the talking.
The Canadian made the headlines for her harsh words about Maria
Sharapova's return to tennis, calling her a cheater in a candid
interview. With some extra motivation, she knocked the five-time grand
slam winner out in the second round of the Madrid Open earlier this
Now, the 23-year-old has added another feather to her cap, ousting
world No 2 Angelique Kerber on Wednesday to reach her first WTA
Premier Mandatory quarter-final.
"All in all I'm very pleased," Bouchard told reporters in the post-match press conference.
"I felt I started off a little bit off because the conditions were so
different. It was cold. It was really windy from one side to the other, a
strong wind. The atmosphere was different from my previous match.
"At the beginning, I just felt a little bit out of it, a couple loose
errors. But then after that, I got myself together and got my rhythm,
felt pretty awesome out there."
Waiting for Bouchard in the last eight is another Russian, Svetlana
Kuznetsova. The duo have met twice before - with Kuznetsova emerging
victorious on both occasions - but that was against an inexperienced
Bouchard in 2014.
While Kerber was arguably the bigger fish, Kuznetsova was more
impressed with Bouchard's performance against compatriot Sharapova.
"I think they both were hitting the ball very hard, stepping up," revealed the 31-year-old.
"But I don't think Maria still, is getting all her game back, but
she's doing much better. But for me, she was playing better in
"And Genie, definitely she's playing much better than past months."