Eugenie Bouchard gets boost as Petra Kvitova ousted at U.S. Open

Petra Kvitova returns a shot to Aleksandra Krunic during third round action at the U.S. Open in New...

Petra Kvitova returns a shot to Aleksandra Krunic during third round action at the U.S. Open in New York on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

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, Last Updated: 2:08 PM ET

Eugenie Bouchard's path to the U.S. Open final may have become a bit easier following Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova's stunning loss to 145th-ranked qualifier Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-4 6-4 in the third round on Saturday.

Bouchard and Kvitova were drawn on the same side for the final Grand Slam tournament.

The 20-year-old Montreal native was no match for Kvitova at the Wimbledon final last month, losing in straight sets 6-3, 6-0.

The 21-year-old Krunic, who aims to graduate from university in Serbia this year with a degree in economics, registered the shock result when the error-prone Czech whipped a cross court forehand just wide of the line.

Kvitova, who made 34 unforced errors in the 98-minute match against the quick-moving Serb, became the fifth seed from the top eight to be dismissed joining Simona Halep (2), Agnieszka Radwanska (4), Angelique Kerber (6) and Ana Ivanovic (8).

Krunic will next play either two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, the 16th seed, or Russian Elena Vesnina.

Bouchard takes to the court at 7 p.m. EDT Saturday against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic.


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