Bouchard makes short work of Kerber

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Eugenie Bouchard has reached the quarter-finals (AP) Eugenie Bouchard has reached the quarter-finals (AP)

Eugenie Bouchard reached her second successive grand slam quarter-final by knocking out eighth seed Angelique Kerber at Roland Garros.

The 20-year-old made her grand slam breakthrough in January with a run to the semi-finals at the Australian Open and her progress in Paris has been just as impressive.

Bouchard came into the tournament in form after winning her first WTA Tour title in Nuremberg and her 6-1 6-2 thrashing of Kerber was her ninth victory in a row.

The Canadian is making only her second appearance at Roland Garros after reaching the second round last year and, with either Carla Suarez Navarro or Ajla Tomljanovic next, will fancy her chances of going further.

German Kerber, who was a quarter-finalist in Paris in 2012, is the fifth of the top eight seeds to exit the tournament.

Bouchard was unfazed by her run in Melbourne and it is a similar story here.

The Canadian said: "I feel like since the beginning of the year I have been improving my game, since Australia I'm at a different level from there.

"I'm confident and I really believe in my skills. I believe I can play with the best girls out there. She (Kerber) is top 10, so I respect her. She can play some really good tennis.

"I was really mentally prepared for anything, for a battle. I think that mindset helped me, made me realise whatever happens I can deal with it on the court.

"I was just really going for my shots. That was my intention. It worked."

It will be Suarez Navarro who Bouchard plays in the last eight after the Spaniard defeated 21-year-old Tomljanovic 6-3 6-3.

The 14th seed last reached the quarter-finals in Paris back in 2008 while she beat Bouchard in the third round of Wimbledon last year.

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