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Tennis: Eugenie Bouchard sends Venus Williams packing from Family Circle Cup

Published on Apr 4, 2014 4:35 PM
 
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada plays a forehand against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during their second round match during day 5 at the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 21, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Florida. Bouchard held off former world No. 1 Venus Williams 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Family Circle Cup quarter-finals. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

CHARLESTON, United States - Canadian starlet Eugenie Bouchard held off former world No. 1 Venus Williams 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Family Circle Cup quarter-finals.

Bouchard, an Australian Open semi-finalist who is seeded sixth in the WTA premier level event, saved two set points in the first-set tie-breaker, and rallied from a break down in the third to advance. She will meet either second-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic or Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic.

Williams followed her younger sister, world No. 1 and top seed Serena Williams, out of the tournament. Serena was stunned in her opening match by Slovakian Jana Cepelova, who followed up that big win with a 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3 victory over 13th-seeded Russian Elena Vesnina.

Venus Williams, who won the Charleston title in 2004, held two set points at 6-4 in the first-set tiebreaker, but 20-year-old Bouchard won four successive points en route to taking the set. Although the American broke for a 2-1 lead in the third set, her unforced errors allowed Bouchard to get back into the game.

 
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