Bouchard & Cornet Cruise Into Semis
Published May 23, 2013 12:00
A day after she recorded her 100th professional win, Eugenie Bouchard reached her first WTA semifinal with a 63 62 defeat of Anna Tatishvili. The 19-year-old has surrendered just 13 games through three matches this week and never more than three in a set.
"I think I played pretty well today," Bouchard said. "I tried to be aggressive, which worked well against her. I feel like I've been improving with every match I've been playing, so I want to keep that going."
The 19-year-old Bouchard is Strasbourg's first Canadian semifinalist since Carling Bassett-Seguso won the inaugural staging in 1987.
"This is my only European clay tournament before Roland Garros, so it's intended for preparation, but I still want to do well here," Bouchard said.
"I spent about three weeks training before this, as I didn't want to spend two months in Europe. But I definitely wanted to do one event before Roland Garros and I think this is perfect, because it's in France and it's the same surface and the same weather and everything. Next week is going to be my first time in a Grand Slam main draw, so I'm really excited about that. I'm going to get through this week and then we'll see how that goes."
Also not dropping a set all week is No.3 seed and 2012 Strasbourg runner-up Cornet, a 63 61 winner over No.7 seed Chanelle Scheepers. Though the scoreline sounds routine, the Frenchwoman had to wait longer than she would have liked to close it out.
"At 5-0 it started to rain and I lost a bit of patience and focus and lost the game before play was suspended," Cornet said. "Luckily, when I came back on court at 5-1 I was calm again."
Cornet mustered just three games in her last meeting with Scheepers in the first round of Hobart in January but evened their series at 2-2 in their first encounter on clay. That is clearly her favorite surface, as both of her WTA titles, all three of her runner-up showings and six of her seven previous semifinal appearances have come on the dirt.
"I played a very good match today," Cornet said. "It was tough with the conditions that we had. It was a long day for me, but I stayed very focused, and I'm happy and relieved I was able to finish and reach the semifinals.
"Eugenie is a very good player, very talented. I'll just have to be as prepared as I was all week and just play my game."
The Bouchard-Cornet match is scheduled for Friday, as are the Flavia Pennetta-Misaki Doi and Lucie Hradecka-Johanna Larsson quarterfinals that never got underway because of the rain. The quarterfinal winners will also have to play their semifinal match later in the day.