A few months ago at Wimbledon 2014, Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova went on an impressive run, upsetting seeded players Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki and Elena Vesnina before falling to eventual champion Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals. Seeded 30th at the 2014 US Open, Barbora again tried for an upset bid against emerging superstar and 7th seed Eugenie Bouchard. In the end, Genie was pushed to the brink of defeat but did what great champions are expected to do. She won on a day when she didn’t necessarily have her A game, 6-2 6-7 (2) 6-4.
Bouchard vs Kvitova was the dream match-up for this quarter of the draw, a rematch of the Wimbledon final. Or was it? First of all, it’s not going to happen as Aleksandra Krunic dismissed Petra in straight sets. But more than that, Victoria Azarenka looks to be playing herself back into shape after a very disappointing, injury-plagued season. The former world #1 was a finalist at the US Open the past two years. It didn’t look like a third straight final was in the cards as she had slipped all the way to being the 16th seed. But Vika has progressively looked better each round that she’s played. Both Bouchard (vs the dangerous Ekaterina Makarova) and Azarenka (vs Krunic, the woman that upset Kvitova) have work to do to create a marquee quarterfinal match-up, but if they both make it through it might actually be a better dream match than Kvitova vs Bouchard (for this surface, where Vika is queen as opposed to grass, where Kvitova is queen).
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1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 6-3 6-3 vs Varvara Lepchenko)
ALEKSANDRA KRUNIC (won 6-4 6-4 vs 3 Petra Kvitova)
7 EUGENIE BOUCHARD (won 6-2 6-7 (2) 6-4 vs 30 Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova)
16 VICTORIA AZARENKA (won 6-1 6-1 vs Elena Vesnina)