Already touted as the next “big thing” in women’s tennis, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is shrugging off the heat at the Australian Open – literally.
The Montreal native advanced to the fourth round of the tournament with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over American Lauren Davis on Friday. Extreme heat continues to play a major factor in Australia with Bouchard battling through temperatures in the mid-40s. Luckily for the Canadian, she was able to get in and out of the match in 70 minutes before the heat could wear her down.
“It was definitely hot today, the hottest I felt in any of my matches so far,” Bouchard told reporters. “I was happy to win in straight sets.”
Bouchard looked strong until the end in this one, finishing off Davis on her second match point following a 16-shot rally. The 19-year-old finished with 18 winners and 23 unforced errors.
“I always want to do better, I think it’s just a step in the process,” Bouchard said. “I’m trying to always improve on the court. I think I played better today, that’s what I’m most happy about.”
The win put Bouchard into the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career and she’ll now get set for Saturday’s match against Australian Casey Dellacqua, who is unseeded in the tournament and ranked No. 120 in the world. Dellacqua is coming off a straight-sets win over China’s Zheng Jie.
Sports Interaction currently has Bouchard listed as a -233 favorite against Dellacqua.
If the Canadian can get past the hometown favorite, she still looks to have a very difficult road ahead of her against either Serena Williams or Ana Ivanovic. Heading into the Round of 16, Sports Interaction has Bouchard listed at +10000 to win the tournament.