Seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard battled into the fourth round of the Australian Open after fighting a break down three times in the first set, including one in the opening game, and eventually winning eight straight games to eliminate Caroline Garcia 7-5 6-0.
Her post-match press conference was again largely about the twirl question she had received from the on-court commentator after her second-round victory. There has been so much talk about that incident, largely referred to as sexist, disrespectful and insulting, that it has even become known as twirlgate. However, Bouchard is not that harsh on the commentator.
Personally I'm not offended. No, I think it was an in-the-moment thing and it was funny. But, yeah, I mean, it's just funny how it's taken a life of its own. I'm just going to try to focus on my tennis.
I like this cartoon because it perfectly illustrates my initial reaction. I actually first thought that the commentator expected the overly popular twerk! That would've been a disaster!
However, the topic that always intrigues me is the question of friendship among WTA players. Here's what Bouchard said about it in her today's interview:
I see them as competition. You know, I don't want to become really good friends with any of the girls or tour. I'm definitely friendly with most of them, and that's fine, but I kind of come here, do my job, and leave. I think that's the best way for me to stay focused and not really have distractions.
So here's another vote against the WTA friendships. Maybe I should run a poll on this topic to see how many of you believe in it!
Bouchard's fourth-round opponent at the Australian Open will be Irina-Camelia Begu, who had taken out ninth seed Angelique Kerber in the first round and has reached the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time with a 6-4 6-4 win over Carina Witthoeft. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)