Eugenie Bouchard’s magical run at the WTA series in Madrid Open comes to an end on Thursday due to Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Kuznetsova defeated Bouchard 6-4 , 6-0 in the quarter final match. She broke Bouchard in the first game of the first set itself and leaped to a 2-0 lead right away. Bouchard could not plan a comeback oppose to people’s expectations and gave away the first set 6-4.
Kuznetsova did not allow to Bouchard to even settle in and thrashed her completely in the second set winning the set 6-0. Bouchard was no easy opponent as she had already defeated Maria Sharapova 7-5 2-6 6-4 and followed it up with upsetting top seeded Angelique Kerber 6-3 5-0 before Kerber retired on Wednesday.
Kuznetsova showed Bouchard the red signal and halted her in the quarter final with her grit and determination despite rain stoppage and continued her momentum.
Kuznetsova said: “I kind of did not know exactly what to expect because I did not play Eugenie for a while. I trained with her, I believe in Sydney a little bit. But clay, she been winning matches, so I want to see how she’s doing like that.”
Kuznetsova had 28 wins, while Bouchard managed only 12 and had 13 unforced errors.
On her match winning strategy she said, “I got impression that I could make more breaks in the first set. But some things did not work, so I did a good work in my mistakes between sets. I think in the second one, I started to play better. I had more control. I knew what was going on with the match at every point.”
Kuznetsova will now face Kristina Mladenovic from France who defeated Romania’s Sorana Cistea 6-4 6-4 in their quarter final match. Simona Halep will lock horns with Anastasija Sevastova in the other semi-final match.