After a great start to the match that dominated, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard lost her rhythm by losing to Nadia Podoroska in three sets in the quarter-finals of the Chennai Open.
The Argentine native prevailed 1-6, 6-4 and 6-2 against Bouchard, who was looking to advance to the first semifinal of a singles tournament since the Guadalajara tournament in March 2021.
Bouchard, who is ranked 902nd in the WTA, showed a lot of determination to stay in the game, but failed to get the better of Podoroska, the 298th player in the world. The Canadian was unable to take advantage of her opponent’s numerous double faults in the service.
The Canadian had the most important moment of the first set in the sixth game: after struggling on the serve, Bouchard saved seven break points to maintain a two-break lead and lead 5-1.
His combativeness then allowed him to afford two set points serving his opponent from the next game. Bouchard capitalized on the former to win the opening round.
The pace of the match completely changed sides in the second set. Podoroska found her orientation and broke Bouchard twice to take the lead 4-1. Bouchard therefore needed the help of the doctors in the middle of the innings to receive the treatment for long minutes.
Bouchard then managed to resist and found the energy upon her return to break her opponent. She even came close to breaking it again later in the set, but Podoroska held out to force a final set.
The final set got off to a bad start for Bouchard, who suffered two breaks in the first three games before the match was interrupted by time.
Bouchard experienced an outage on his return but was unable to complete the comeback.
During his first two games of the tournament, Bouchard had the upper hand first over Swiss Joanne Zuger, then over India’s Karman Thandi.
Over the course of the day, Bouchard also lost in the women’s doubles to compatriot Yanina Wickmayer. The Quebecer was forced to retire due to an injury the nature of which was not disclosed. the two players had lost the first set 6-3 and the second set was a 1-1 draw.
They were trying to reach the final.
Marino also packs his bags
The other Canadian Rebecca Marino also lost in the women’s draw in two sets. Third-seeded Magda Linette beat her 7-6 (12-10) and 6-3 to reach the semifinal.
Marino loses in the quarter-finals
Marino had beaten Anna Blinkova and Katarzyna Kawa in the first two games of the tournament.
For her part, Linette has an appointment with the winner of the match between Katie Swan and Nao Hibino in the semifinals.