Eugenie Bouchard went into Flushing Meadows with little expectations after a torrid year on the tour however no matter what happens in New York in the next round this tournament would be seen as a success for the Canadian. Bouchard actually made the quarter finals of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year before losing to Maria Sharapova but I do think her performance against Dominika Cibulkova in the third round was the best we have seen from her since January!
When you are on such a bad run to find momentum and confidence again can be tough but Bouchard sat on that baseline looked in control and confident there and at times with the mid-court forehand it was like watching PlayStation tennis the precision of the shots was exceptional and left Cibulkova a few times looking shocked at the accuracy of the shots.
Bouchard likes to play on and inside the baseline however it hasn’t been happening for her this year but with this style of play going for small targets at the picture above shows there is an element of risk and can end up hitting a lot of unforced errors and has continued persisting with it despite not getting the rewards but has got the rewards from it so far in New York.
Something else that impressed me about Bouchard’s performance against Cibulkova was the return of serve. Cibulkova doesn’t have the biggest on the tour but can generate a bit of kick off it and I was impressed with the confidence of Bouchard to step forward on the serve and attack it which she did so well.
It’s amazing how in a couple of matches things can turn around. She’s serving well, forehand is on fire and has been productive at the net but there are bigger challenges to come she has to then show after the US Open she can continue this run of form but faces a tough opponent in Roberta Vinci and has a lot to prove still after losing to the Italian in the first round of New Haven 6-1 6-0 before the US Open so it will be interesting to see the outcome of that match.