By Chris Oddo | Sunday, August 3, 2014
Serena Williams could face Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in the Rogers Cup quarterfinals next week.
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Canada’s rising star Eugenie Bouchard has come a long way in the span of a year, and tennis fans could find out exactly how far in next week’s Roger Cup quarterfinals as the 20-year-old, ranked 55 spots higher than she was at this juncture of 2013, could face world No. 1 Serena Williams in what would be a blockbuster quarterfinal in Bouchard’s home town of Montreal.
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Williams, much like world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on the men’s side, was shown no mercy from the draw gods in Montreal, as the 32-year-old could face Sam Stosur and Lucie Safarova in her first two matches before even arriving at the heavily anticipated quarterfinal.
Williams downed Bouchard last summer in Cincinnati in three sets, but the Canadian has since gone on a tear, reaching the last four of all three Grand Slams in 2014, and becoming Canada’s first ever Grand Slam finalist at Wimbledon before falling to Petra Kvitova in the final.
Whoever makes it through the difficult quarter could end up facing Maria Sharapova in the semifinals, but things won’t be easy for Sharapova either, as she could face Garbine Muguruza in her first match and, if she reaches the quarters, Angelique Kerber, the woman who defeated her at Wimbledon.
The bottom half of the loaded Rogers Cup draw has some enticing matchups as well, as second-seeded Petra Kvitova could face Andrea Petkovic in the third round and Ana Ivanovic could face Jelena Jankovic in the third round as well.
Victoria Azarenka, seeded 8th, could face Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals if the seeds hold.
Main draw play begins in Montreal on Monday.
See the full draw here.