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Bouchard ousts Jankovic to set up Venus showdown in Tokyo

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Eugenie Bouchard notched up her second career Top 10 win on Wednesday to advance to her fourth quarter-final of the season at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan. A day after taking out fellow rising star, world no.13 Sloane Stephens of the United States in three sets, Bouchard was dominant en route to a 7-5, 6-2 victory over no. 10 ranked Serbian Jelena Jankovic to reach the final eight.

The opening set was played evenly until Bouchard broke serve in the eleventh game and followed up with a comfortable service hold to take the early lead. The 19-year-old broke Jankovic’s serve early and often in the second set thanks to her trademark aggressive play to secure a straight sets victory in just over an hour against the former World No. 1.

The last time Bouchard and Jankovic played, in the quarter-finals on the clay at Charleston this spring, the Canadian won just three games after earning her first Top 10 win the round before against Aussie Samantha Stosur. Bouchard has now defeated both Serbian former World no. 1s. She also got the better of Ana Ivanovic in straight sets on Centre Court at Wimbledon this year.

Bouchard is the first Canadian to reach the quarter-finals of a WTA Premier 5 event since Aleksandra Wozniak in 2012 at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal. Her run in Tokyo will allow her to join the Top 40 on the WTA world rankings for the first time in her career.

Bouchard will face another former World No. 1 in the quarter-finals on Thursday when she goes up against seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams of the United States in the first meeting between the two players.