Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from first of the women's fourth round clashes between seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard and Romania's Irina Begu.
E. Bouchard vs I. Begu | Australian Open
Women's Singles | Round 4 | 25.01.2015 | Melbourne
E. Bouchard (7)
Far from convincing from seventh seed Bouchard today but she's got the win and that's what matters! She is the first woman through to the quarter-finals Maria Sharapova and Peng Shuai, who are coming up next on Rod Laver Arena.
Bouchard 6-1 5-7 6-2 Begu. Game, set and match. No signs of nerves from Bouchard as she serves out the match for the loss of just the one point, booking her place in the last eight when another solid forehand that Begu can only return long across court.
Bouchard 6-1 5-7 5-2 Begu. Break. A huge forehand across court from Bouchard helps her set up two more break points. But she only needs the one, sending another heavy return of serve back over the net and drawing the error from Begu, a forehand long down the centre of the court.
Bouchard 6-1 5-7 4-2 Begu. Bouchard is starting to look tight again as she slaps a forehand wide to allow Begu to level at 15-all. But she holds her nerve and serves out the game without the loss of another point. The Canadian now is just two games away from the quarter-finals.
Bouchard 6-1 5-7 3-2 Begu. Great length from Bouchard on a forehand to deny Begu on her first game point, the Romanian going long with her reply. But the Canadian can't reproduce that on the next couple of points and Begu holds to keep the pressure on the changeable Bouchard.
Bouchard 6-1 5-7 3-1 Begu. Bouchard drops just the one point in another impressive service game, in which she throws in another ace. A backhand winner from Begu wins her her only point of the game, but Bouchard promptly matches it with a backhand winner of her own to hold
Bouchard 6-1 5-7 2-1 Begu. The winners are starting to flow from the Bouchard racquet as she moves 0-15 ahead with a booming backhand passing shot winner. But the Romanian holds firm and finds a big serve, which draws the error from Bouchard and seals the hold.
Bouchard 6-1 5-7 2-0 Begu. Much better serving from Bouchard as she finds only her second ace of the match. The Canadian squanders a first game point with an off-balance netted forehand but consolidates the break at the second attempt with a big serve that Begu can only return long.
Bouchard 6-1 5-7 1-0 Begu. Break. Begu hands Bouchard an early break point with a forehand well long of the baseline before conceding her serve, and all her momentum, with a netted forehand. Can Bouchard re-discover her serve again to take advantage?
Bouchard 6-1 5-7 Begu. Set. Bouchard sends a forehand sailing long down the centre of the court to hand Begu another break point, and more importantly a set point. And just when she needs her serve the most, it deserts her once again, a double fault costing her the second set.
Bouchard 6-1 5-6 Begu. Begu does just enough with a passing shot to draw the error from Bouchard and save a break point. The Romanian levels at deuce before holding with an ace. Bouchard will have to serve to stay in this second set for a second time.
Bouchard 5-5 Begu. The Canadian's serve seems to have returned for now as she eases through a service hold to level up the clash. Nothing too flashy from Bouchard in the game, just enough to overpower Begu. Bouchard is looking like the same player that came out in the first set, not the one from the middle of the second set.
Bouchard 6-1 4-5 Begu. Break. Bouchard breaks back to love with some much more free-flowing ground-strokes. A thumping forehand winner down the centre of the court which beats Begu for pace. Bouchard will still have to serve to stay in this second set after the change of ends, though.
Bouchard 3-5 Begu. Break. Bouchard saves a first break point with a huge backhand that Begu can only send back wide and a second with an ace. But Bouchard goes long with a forehand down the centre of the court to hand Begu the break that leaves her serving to level the match.
Bouchard 6-1 3-4 Begu. Two missed forehands from Bouchard cost her they both come on break points - one long and one into the net. Begu goes on to hold to really put the pressure on Bouchard. The Canadian's not be serving well in this set - there's an important game coming up next for her.
Bouchard 6-1 3-3 Begu. Break. A mixed bag from Bouchard in this game as Begu earns herself another break back point after a Canadian error. Bouchard plays the big points so well, though, and saves it with some great defence and a booming backhand winner. But Begu earns herself a second chance and this time she does get it when Bouchard sends a forehand sailing out. We're back level in this second set.
Bouchard 6-1 3-2 Begu. Super footwork from Bouchard as she takes a nothing ball from Begu and rattles it away for a cross court backhand. That is followed by a cutely angled shorter forehand winner across court from the Canadian to bring up another break point. She can't take advantage this time though, netting a stretched cross court backhand and Begu goes on to hold after her second ace.
Bouchard 6-1 3-1 Begu. Break. Finally! Begu manages to take advantage of one of her break point opportunities, getting a look at a second serve out wide and rattling the backhand down the line for a winner. The Romanian has a wry little smile up to her camp as if to say "at last". She has one of the breaks back in this second set.
Bouchard 6-1 3-0 Begu. Break. Great length from Bouchard with a forehand approach shot that Begu can only net on an attempted backhand passing shot. It's another break point for the Canadian. And just like in her previous service game, there is very little she can do to save the break point, the Romanian playing one of her best points of the match only for Bouchard to come up with a running forehand winner across court on the angle.
Bouchard 6-1 2-0 Begu. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it service game from Bouchard. Four first serves, four points, a love service game to consolidate the hold.