Kvitova, Bouchard Advance to Wimbledon Quarterfinals; Halep awaits Fourth Round Match


Connecticut Open commits continue to have great success at the Grand Slams, as Petra Kvitova and Genie Bouchard have punched tickets to the Wimbledon quarterfinals, and Simona Halep looks to do the same on Tuesday. Let’s take a look at their performances thus far.

Genie Bouchard
It’s safe to say Canadian Genie Bouchard is having a stellar 2014. Following semifinal efforts at the Australian and French Opens, the 20-year-old now finds herself in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, thanks to a 7-6(5), 7-5 triumph over Alize Cornet on Monday. Her performance has been dominant, rolling to the quarterfinals without dropping a set, defeating the likes of Daniela Hantuchova and Andrea Petkovic along the way. Bouchard has only played six Grand Slams in her young career, advancing to the quarterfinals three times.

Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova breezed through Rounds 1 and 2 in straight sets, but she found herself in a familiar position in Round 3 against Venus Williams, and familiar company. Williams, a five-time Wimbledon Champion and four-time Connecticut Open victor, was in another three-set tilt against Kvitova, a 2011 Wimbledon and 2012 Connecticut Open winner. In fact, four of their previous meetings had gone to three sets, but this two hour and 30 minute marathon might be the match of the tournament, and the Czech pulled off the victory 5-7, 7-6(2), 7-5. Kvitova made short work of Shuai Peng, 6-3, 6-2, in the fourth round, setting up a quarterfinal appearance.

Simona Halep
Simona Halep continues to impress in 2014, and her Wimbledon campaign is no different through three rounds. After taking down Teliana Pereira in the first round 6-2, 6-2, the Romanian needed three sets to eliminate Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. But the World No. 3 returned to form in an impressive 6-4, 6-1 win over Belinda Bencic is just 70 minutes. The 2013 Connecticut Open Champion most recently made a finals appearance at the clay courts of Roland Garros, and she’s found her footing on grass at the All England Club.

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