(April 3, 2014) Eugenie Bouchard rallied past Venus Williams 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4 to reach the Family Circle cup quarterfinals in Charleston.
The No. 6 seed Bouchard fought off two set points in the first set, but the former world No. 1 Venus Williams took four out of the next five games to close out the set. The 33-year old Williams took over in the second set, and took a 2-1 lead in the third. The 20-year-old broke Williams’ serve twice in the third set including the last game to take the match, winning five out of the last seven games of the match.
“I think I’ve shown to myself how mentally strong I can be,” Bouchard said to media “Today was really a mental battle. It was a bit ugly at times and tough on the court, but I fought through it.”
Bouchard explained that she raised her game and held her own during the crucial points during the match.
It was a challenging week for No. 11 seed Venus Williams who suffers from Sjogren’s syndrome. Williams said she was ill with a “bug” and it limited her stamina during her matches. She was forced to rally in her first two matches.
Bouchard will play No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic next.
RESULTS – APRIL 03, 2014
Singles – Third Round
 J Jankovic (SRB) d A Tomljanovic (CRO) 75 61
 S Errani (ITA) d S Peng (CHN) 76(6) 76(5)
 A Petkovic (GER) d  S Lisicki (GER) 61 60
 E Bouchard (CAN) d  V Williams (USA) 76(6) 26 64
 L Safarova (CZE) d  S Stosur (AUS) 36 64 64
 D Hantuchova (SVK) d T Pereira (BRA) 62 63
J Cepelova (SVK) d  E Vesnina (RUS) 76(4) 36 63
[Q] B Bencic (SUI) d E Svitolina (UKR) 67(4) 64 61
Doubles – Quarterfinals
 R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) d [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Petkovic (GER) 64 16 16-14
[PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) d [WC] S Cirstea (ROU) / M Kirilenko (RUS) 63 46 10-8
M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) d  S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) 54 Retired
ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 04, 2014
BILLIE JEAN KING start 11:00 am
M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ)
Not Before 1:00 pm
 E Bouchard (CAN) vs  J Jankovic (SRB)
 L Safarova (CZE) vs  A Petkovic (GER)
 S Errani (ITA) vs [Q] B Bencic (SUI)
Not Before 7:00 pm
J Cepelova (SVK) vs  D Hantuchova (SVK)
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs  J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER)