Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard has made it to the quarterfinals at the ASB Classic, in Jan. 7, 2020 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard beats France’s Garcia to reach quarterfinals

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard has reached the quarterfinals at the season-opening ASB Classic.

Bouchard downed France’s Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday for her second victory in two days to begin the 2020 tennis season.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., needed an hour 28 minutes to get by the No. 8 seed.

She will face either American Amanda Anisimova or Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in the next round.

Bouchard, ranked No. 262, opened the season Monday with 7-5, 7-5 win over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens in the first round.

It was Bouchard’s first victory above a 125K event (the lowest level on the WTA Tour) since last February in Dubai.

The 25-year-old has experienced a big drop in the rankings since reaching No. 5 in 2014.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 7, 2020.

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