Eugenie Bouchard Embraces Underdog Tag vs. Ivanovic

Frank Doyle | Updated Oct 04, 2017

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It’s been a great run for Eugenie Bouchard already at the Australian Open, but it’s about to get real in the quarter finals against Ana Ivanovic.

This is the first time Bouchard has reached the quarters in a Grand Slam and is set as a +169 underdog to Ivanovic, who is coming off a major upset of Serena Williams. Not that the underdog tag bothers the 19-year-old Montreal native.

“She beat Serena so she’s playing really well,” Bouchard said of Ivanovic. “I’m going to look forward to a really tough battle. We’re in the quarters now, so she deserves to be there. No one’s going to give it to me, so it’s going to be a good match.”

Bouchard had been favored in each of her matches so far in the tournament and hadn’t had much trouble putting away her opponents until she battled through a slow start against Aussie Casey Dellacqua. Bouchard dropped the first set before rebounding to win 6-7 (5-7), 6-2,6-0.

“I tried to stay calm after the first set and focus on what I have to do in the point,” Bouchard told reporters.” I felt I started to play well. I stayed in the moment after a shaky first set and felt pretty good out there.”

At this point in the tournament, it’s hard not to look ahead for the young Canadian. Bouchard is the first Canadian to make it this far in a Grand Slam since Patricia Hy-Boulais way back in 1982. Now that Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have been eliminated, a win over Ivanovic would leave Li Na and Victoria Azarenka as her toughest remaining potential opponents. Still, that’s not something Bouchard is worrying about right now.

“I always expect a lot from myself. Every match I go on the court believing I can win,” Bouchard told reporters last weekend. “Just take it one match at a time. I just have a match in two days and I’m just looking forward to that.”