Anna Leigh Waters is heading to the quarterfinals in singles.
Anna Leigh Waters is heading to the quarterfinals in singles. PPA Tour

Waters ends Bouchard's singles run with straight-games victory

SAN CLEMENTE, CA - Genie Bouchard's notable singles run at the Select Medical Orange County Cup presented by FitVine Wines came to an end in the Round of 16 on Thursday.

World No. 1 Anna Leigh Waters made quick work of Bouchard with an 11-1, 11-4 victory in their first-ever meeting on Humana Championship Court, advancing to the quarterfinals in the process.

"I really never thought when I started playing pickleball that I would play these tennis players that I was watching, so it's really cool," said Waters. "Honestly, I like to see how they're transitioning over to pickleball. She hasn't been playing too long, so I'm sure she'll get better as she plays. It's also interesting to kind of see different playing styles. She plays a little differently than a lot of tennis players that I see come over."  

Seeded No. 23 for the tournament, Bouchard definitely made some noise in the singles draw in the Round of 32 by defeating veteran Irina Tereschenko in two games.

Waters will face ninth-seeded Kaitlyn Christian in the quarters on Friday.

Christian beat fifth-seeded Lauren Stratman 11-6, 11-4.