11th January 2018 – Priceline Kooyong Classic 2018 – Day 3
Excerpt from the Media Centre Kooyong Classic
Bouchard, who made the semi-finals at the Australian Open in 2014, reached a career high ranking of five in the world that same year and is now eager to put a miserable 2017 season behind her.
The draw of the Grand Slam to be played at Melbourne Park next week will be done on Thursday night and the Canadian will be more than keen to start 2018 with an opening round win at a major.
“I don’t want to feel any kind of continuation from 2017 because it really wasn’t a good year for me, like I said I worked hard in the off-season so that will take time,” Bouchard said.
“For me I was just happy to be out there in a pretty official feeling match with stands, a crowd and an umpire.
“I was just focusing on myself and working on things throughout the match.”
Ebden followed up yesterday’s win over world No. 6 Marin Cilic in three sets with a strong outing against Gasquet on day three at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. The second highest ranked Australian was unlucky not to capitalise on multiple break points in a tight first set.
“It’s a nice hot day, but I’m used to it, I live in Perth and train there in the summer,” Ebden said.
“Yeah absolutely (another good opponent) and I had three or four break points in the first set but didn’t convert them and he converted one.
“It could have easily gone my way and then I was up a break in the second so it was another close match, could have played a bit better but it’s a good couple of sets.”
The 30-year-old ranked No. 76 in the world will be more than excited to take to the court at Melbourne Park next week after fighting hard last year to lift his ranking after an extended time on the sidelines with a knee injury.