Eugenie Bouchard, the 20-year-old Canadian women's tennis player who is the only player to have appeared in all three Grand Slam Semi-Finals thus far this year, battled hard to keep that streak alive at the US Open. Bouchard, who is the 7th-seed, won her second round match in three sets against Sorana Cirstea of Romania, 6-2, 6-7, 6-4. The match, which lasted over two hours, saw both players struggling to deal with the windy weather, which resulted in several unforced errors (Bouchard had 33) and otherwise missed opportunities that normally would have been successful.
When discussing the struggles in the third set, Bouchard told the US Open on ESPN:
“I definitely had to battle in the third set...I just believed in myself.”
Cirstea had seven double faults, and got 67% of her first serves in - as opposed to Eugenie's 68% of first serves in Cirstea had a faster average serve, but the women had three total aces between them the entire match. Here is Bouchard's match point:
Bouchard will play the 30th-seed, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in the third round. Bouchard's record in major tournaments improves to 18-3. Bouchard may have to face Petra Kvitova - who cruised to victory over Bouchard in the finals at Wimbledon - sooner rather than later as they are both in the same section of the draw.
Here are some additional highlights fro the match: