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Eugenie Bouchard sees off Venus Williams to reach quarter-finals of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston

Updated: Friday, 04 Apr 2014 08:34 | Comments

Eugenie Bouchard got the better of Venus Williams for the first time
Eugenie Bouchard got the better of Venus Williams for the first time

Eugenie Bouchard edged out Venus Williams in another hard-fought encounter between the two to progress through to the quarter-finals of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.

In their only previous meeting, Williams clinched a three-set victory in Japan last year in a match that lasted over three hours, but this time it was 20-year-old Canadian Bouchard who emerged victorious after another lengthy clash.

The sixth seed won through 7-6 (8/6) 2-6 6-4 in two hours and 14 minutes to seal her place in the last eight for the second successive year.

"In the second set she really started going for her shots. I just tried to keep fighting," Bouchard said after the match.

"It's always fun for me to play against such a great champion like Venus. She's still playing at such a high level and it was such a battle out there."

In other matches involving two seeds, number four Sabine Lisicki suffered a surprise 6-1 6-0 mauling at the hands of fellow German Andrea Petkovic, the 14th seed, while number nine Lucie Safarova recovered from a set down to defeat seventh-seeded Samantha Stosur 3-6 6-4 6-4.

Also, second seed Jelena Jankovic progressed through with a 7-5 6-1 triumph over Ajla Tomljanovic, and joining her in the last eight where third-seeded Sara Errani and number 12 Daniela Hantuchova following their respective wins over Shuai Peng and Teliana Pereira.

Hantuchova now faces an all-Slovakian showdown with Jana Cepelova, who followed up her upset victory over Serena Williams earlier in the week with a 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-3 triumph over 13th seed Elena Vesnina.

Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic was the other player to go through after beating Elina Svitolina.

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