Maria Sharapova
Sharapova is chasing a place in a fourth final in Melbourne. Getty Images

Eugenie Bouchard faces Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-final in Melbourne.

Where to Watch

Bouchard v Sharapova is live on British Eurosport HD and BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra from 1.30am.


Bouchard arrives in her fourth quarter-final appearance at a grand slam in the last five outings with off-the-court matters having dominated her route to the last eight.

The request from an Australian interviewee for the Canadian player to give the crowd an on-court twirl has sparked a sexism war of words in Melbourne, with Bouchard very much at the centre.

The controversy has worked to overshadowed her seamless passage to face Sharapova, defeating the likes of Irina-Camelia Begu and Caroline Garcia as the 20-year-old seeks a second straight last-four berth at the opening major of the season.

Sharapova has been similarly dominant in reaching the quarter-final for a seventh time, with Shuai Peng the latest victim of the Russian's dominant progress in Australia.

The duel on Tuesday 27 January is a repeat of last year's thrilling French Open semi-final, which saw Bouchard take the first set before being pegged back by Sharapova on her way to winning a fifth major title, but the former junior Wimbledon champion will have designs on causing a surprise on this occasion.

What they said:

Eugenie Bouchard: "I think it's always great to play the best players in the world. We've had a couple matches, and a good match last year. You know, I think I was close. It was just a tough battle. But I think I've progressed a lot since then and, you know, I definitely want to keep playing my game no matter what. Really kind of take it to her, go for my shots. That's what I want to do on the court. And it's more fun when I play that way, too. I had more fun in the third set today. So I want to try to do that."

Maria Sharapova: "She's been playing really well in this tournament and also in the slams the last year. Really confident tennis and inspired form. I expect her to come out and play a really good match. I think we only played each other one time last year, which was at the French. That was a really tough match for me. I had to come back from being down one set to love. Yeah, I'm sure she'll come out and play extremely well."

Betting odds (source: William Hill):

Eugenie Bouchard 12/5 v Maria Sharapova 1/3

Head-to-head record: Bouchard 0-3 Sharapova. Last match: French Open 2014 (Hard) Sharapova bt Bouchard 4-6 7-5 6-2

Previous meetings at the Australian Open: N/A