Teen phenom Eugenie Bouchard scores Rogers Cup upset

Eugenie Bouchard hits a return to Shahar Peer at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Que., Aug. 8, 2012....

Eugenie Bouchard hits a return to Shahar Peer at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Que., Aug. 8, 2012. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI Agency)

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

MONTREAL - Be they junior foes or WTA foes, Canada's Eugenie Bouchard just keeps on winning.

The 18-year-old dynamo from Westmount, Que., thrilled a friendly crowd with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 upset Wednesday over 56th-ranked Shahar Peer of Israel at the $2.1-million Rogers Cup.

It was Bouchard's second victory against a top-100 WTA opponent this year. The world No. 237 has now won 20 consecutive matches against junior and senior competition in 2012 including a junior Wimbledon title.

Bouchard wasn't afraid to come to the net often, showing power and poise that belied her tender age. She told reporters that ultimate self-confidence and an ability to ignore pressure have been the keys to her breakthrough season.

"I'm always trying to be the best I can be," said Bouchard, who has three junior ITF singles tournament wins this year.

"I always believed in myself, it's great to accomplish (these goals) but it's not a surprise to me. I know I have the ability to do that and more."

Bouchard came out blazing Wednesday, shutting out her rival in the first two games on her way to eight points in a row.

The youngster won a ninth consecutive point in the third game before Peer, 25, got her bearings, pushed the game to deuce and closed it out.

Bouchard became frustrated as the Israeli veteran grew stronger, breaking the Canadian in the fourth game and shutting her out in the fifth to go up 3-2.

Bouchard held serve in the sixth game but Peer broke the Quebecer again in the eighth game, a long contest with five deuces, and went up 5-3 before closing out Bouchard to take the set.

Both women held serve during the first six games of the third and decisive set, with the highlight coming in the fifth game when Bouchard came to the net and delivered a game-winner into a far corner as Peer just stood and watched.

But Peer got it together in the seventh game, recording the first service break of the match to go up 4-3.

Bouchard shored up her defence in the next game, fighting Peer to deuce and thrilling the crowd with an overhead smash before hitting another winner to even things up at four games apiece.

The Canadian then held serve to make it 5-4 but couldn't close it out as Peer finished her off quickly in the 10th game to tie it up.

Bouchard quickly fell behind 15-40 in the 11th game but battled back to force deuce. A Peer return sailed wide to give Bouchard the game and set up the match winner.

Peer forced deuce, but a beautifully played Bouchard forehand into a far corner gave her the advantage as fans roared their approval.

As the near-capacity crowd clapped in unison, another Peer forehand sailed into the net, giving Bouchard a match that she called the best win of her career, given that she had never beaten such a highly-ranked adversary.

Bouchard will have a chance to top that accomplishment in the next round as she moves on to face world No. 11 Li Na of China. Li was the 2011 French Open champion.

It wasn't all good news for Bouchard on Wednesday as she and fellow Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak were overpowered in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, by American duo Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones in the doubles draw.

The other all-Canadian doubles team, Sharon Fichman and Marie-Eve Pelletier, also dropped their first-round match, losing in a tiebreaker 7-5, 3-6, 10-12 to Slovakians Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova Wednesday afternoon.

The other big singles upset of the day was turned in by qualifier Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, the world's No. 80 player, who upended 20th-ranked Russian Nadia Petrova 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Several seeded women began play Wednesday, including world No. 5 Samantha Stosur of Australia, who moved on to the third round after Romania's Simona Halep retired while tied 4-4 in the second set after losing the first 7-5.

Also taking the court Wednesday was French Open finalist Sara Errani of Italy, seeded eighth, who easily moved past Slovakian Jana Cepelova 6-3, 6-2.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic upended Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-0 to advance to the second round.

Other singles winners were American Christina McHale, Germany's Mona Barthel, Shuai Peng of China and American Varvara Lepchenko.

South African Chanelle Scheepers advanced when Flavia Pennetta withdrew while the Italian was leading 4-1 in the first set.

NOTES: Bouchard's biggest career WTA upset prior to Wednesday was a second-round win over world No. 82 Olga Govortsova at the Washington Open last week ... This is Bouchard's fifth appearance at the Rogers Cup. She was a wild card last year and bowed out in qualifying the three previous years ... Tournament organizers paid homage Wednesday to former Montreal Expos great Gary Carter, who died of cancer in February at age 57. The ceremony at centre court included homages by former Expos broadcasters and featured a video tribute to Carter, an 11-time all-star. Uniprix Stadium, where the Rogers Cup is being held, is located in Jarry Park, which is where the Expos played their home games in the late 1960s and early 1970s before Olympic Stadium was built.


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