Eugenie Bouchard once again impressed by beating the higher-ranked Sara Errani at the Indian Wells Masters Sunday, by a score of 6-3 6-3.
Bouchard was broken in the first game of the match but then broke back twice and eventually served out the set at 6-3. Bouchard, the 18th seed, took a 5-2 lead in the second set over the ninth seeded Italian only to be broken, as Errani showed some late fight to get to 5-3. Bouchard, however, soon prevailed for the third round upset.
In fact, she has suddenly become a household name with thousands searching her name on Google every day. Good at your job and good looking at the same time has quite a few advantages (just look at Sharapova), and Eugenie certainly seems determined to make her mark. "For sure there's been more attention. I think it comes with the job," Bouchard said. "It just shows if you have success on the court, you'll get attention off it."
However Bouchard said her main focus will always be her job - playing professional tennis. "My priority is tennis and I focus on that and if there's any other attention off the court, that's a good thing," said Bouchard. "Like Billie Jean King said pressure is a privilege. So to be 19th, I want to be much better than that. I see it as motivation," said Bouchard. "I'd rather be higher ranked with more pressure than lower ranked with no pressure. This is what I worked for. I don't really focus on it anyway because I put enough pressure on myself."
The Romanian Tennis player Simona Halep believes that you should not worry about the result and just relax if you want to avoid the stress and enjoy the game. In a tense game with both players predominately holding their serve, Halep eventually triumphed over the 26th seed taking the match 6-2 4-6 6-4.
Halep said: “If you’re feeling too much stress on court, you need to learn to take pleasure from the game, and not the results. It’s important to feel good on the court, and not to feel too much stress, as when you’re stressed you can’t move your body''.
''I’ve had those experiences when I can’t move my body or hit the ball, and that’s because I’m too stressed. Just try to enjoy it, and don’t think about the results. If you’re more relaxed on court, you can play your best tennis. So try to have fun, and just focus on playing the next point. That way, you’ll be able to take pleasure from your tennis” said Simona to explain her approach to the sport.
The world no.7 also told that being defensive also did not help her cause, whereas being aggressive improved her game. “I used to be too defensive on court, but now I’m more aggressive. I was frightened, and I was running a lot, so I decided I would play more aggressively, and that I would make the points shorter” finally said the Romanian.
No. 79 Camila Giorgi upset defending champion Maria Sharapova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.
It was an error-strewn performance for the fifth-ranked Sharapova, who hit just 16 winners to a whopping 58 unforced errors, compared to Giorgi’s equally unimpressive 24 winners and 48 errors. Even more surprising, Giorgi was able to win despite serving at only 45 percent. The two combined for 15 service breaks in the two-hour, 36-minute match. Sharapova’s aggressive return game just didn’t come through and her footwork around the ball deteriorated as the match progressed.
“I did not play a good match at all and I started very poorly,” Sharapova said. “I’ve never played against her, but she’s someone that doesn’t give you much rhythm. She’s quite aggressive, but some shots she hits incredible for a long period of time. Sometimes they go off a bit. But if I’m speaking about my level, it was nowhere near where it should have been.”
“I think the physical part of it is something that is hurting me a little bit when we’re going into these three‑set matches,” she said. “That’s not a secret for anyone. And when you skip those months, there’s nothing that gets back that match play than just going out and doing it. You can train for so many hours on end, and it just doesn’t replicate what you’re doing out there in the tournament. Of course, this doesn’t help when you only play a couple of matches at a tournament.”
The Canadian was up a break in the third set, serving at 4-3 and poised to record a comeback for the ages. Instead – and at the wrong possible moment – Bouchard played a handful of loose points, Halep regained her flagging composure and it was the sixth-seeded Romanian who pulled out a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 win to advance to the quarter-finals.
Bouchard had to content herself with the deepest run into a Masters 1000 series event in her career (she lost here in the qualifying round last year) and the knowledge improvement sometimes comes with the odd stutter-step along the way. “I think I’ve improved since Australia,” Bouchard said. “I feel like I’m playing at a better level. On the court as well, I feel good mentally. “It’s just never a straight road to the top. It’s just a learning experience.”
Eugenie Bouchard was ranked a career-high 19th in losing to Simona Halep of Romania during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday.
The breakthroughs just keep coming - Simona Halep defeated Casey Dellacqua to reach the biggest semifinal of her blossoming career at the BNP Paribas Open.
The No.6-seeded Halep needed exactly an hour to beat Dellacqua, 62 62, holding all eight of her service games and breaking four times. Dellacqua came close to breaking Halep several times - she held 10 break points across several games - but the Australian qualifier never converted on any. And so, Halep moves through to the semifinals of an event at the Premier Mandatory level or higher for the first time, and there's a cherry on the cake - she's now projected to rise from No.7 in the world to No.6 or No.5, depending on results the rest of the tournament - either would be a new career-high.
Casey Dellacqua's six-game winning streak came to an abrupt end at the hands of an even bigger improver on the women's tennis tour, as the Australian was easily dispatched by Simona Halep at the Indian Wells Masters tournament.
"Today was better than the last few matches," Halep said afterwards. "I felt very good on the court. I was moving really well. I had no pressure, and I was more relaxed than I was in yesterday's match. My game is to be aggressive and hit the balls, and I did much better than the days before." Halep was asked to elaborate on why she felt less pressure this time than in her previous matches. "The last two matches I won were very important," she said. "I said before that in the quarterfinals I'd be able to enjoy it and just do what I could, and that's what I did, and it was going very well."
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