"I definitely felt a lot of outside expectations and pressure, you know, to win matches," Bouchard said. "I felt more like it's normal if I win and it's a bit more of a disaster when I lose. But that's something that I need to, you know, block out. It's what I have been working on. I feel like I have been dealing with it well generally to really, you know, just go back to the basics, focus on my tennis. That is what has gotten me to this point, so I just need to keep going on that path."
And that's the crux of it. Whether a high or low profile, it's the tennis that matters.
Makarova is the last Russian woman in the draw, and this is her fifth Grand Slam quarterfinal -- but she's never made it to a semifinal. She beat Agnieszka Radwanska at Wimbledon this season, and admits a knack for beating top players on the big stage.
"I don't know why it happened in Grand Slams different than other tournaments," Makarova said. "Maybe I have more motivation in Grand Slam and it's different tournament for me like for everyone, I think, yeah? Also, like, for Olympics Games, also really different for me. So sometimes maybe on the smaller tournament I don't have that motivation or, you know, that feeling that I have in the Grand Slam. So that's why a lot of great players, yeah, I can beat."