Quarterfinal Line-Up Set In Oeiras

Eugenie Bouchard and Svetlana Kuznetsova set up a generational clash, Elena Vesnina saved a match point to win and Carla Suárez Navarro continued to steamroll.

Published April 30, 2014 12:14


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OEIRAS, Portugal - A generational clash is all set for Quarterfinal Thursday at the Portugal Open - two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova against WTA rising star Eugenie Bouchard.

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Both players looked impressive on Centralito court, beginning with the No.2-seeded Bouchard, who won five straight games from 4-2 down in the first set to take control against Yaroslava Shvedova, eventually beating the Kazakhstani in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2 (read more about that match here).

The No.7-seeded Kuznetsova followed on that court and followed Bouchard into the quarterfinals with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over María-Teresa Torró-Flor, who was coming off the first WTA title of her career at another clay court tournament in Marrakech. She had won six matches in a row going into this one.

Bouchard and Kuznetsova will be playing against each other for the very first time.

The most dramatic match of the day took place over on Court 1, as No.8 seed Elena Vesnina won a three-hour, one-minute marathon against Bojana Jovanovski, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(7). After winning the first set, Jovanovski led 5-3 in the second set and even held match point at 5-4 - but Vesnina never stopped fighting, winning six games in a row at one point and eventually closing it out in the tie-break.

Next up for Vesnina is No.4 seed Roberta Vinci, who won the first 10 games right out of the blocks and needed just 53 minutes to beat Yanina Wickmayer, 6-0, 6-2 (read more about that match here).

Vesnina leads Vinci in their head-to-head, 4-3, though Vinci has won their last two meetings.

Other early winners were No.1 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, who needed just 57 minutes to blank Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-0, 6-0, and Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky, who followed up her first round upset of No.3 seed Sam Stosur with a 7-5, 6-0 victory against Tunisian wildcard Ons Jabeur.

"The score looked easy, but the games were difficult," Suárez Navarro said. "I was playing well and wasn't missing a ball, and I think she was a bit tired after yesterday, so it worked out for me.

"This is a good tournament for me. Clay is my best surface and I really love playing here."

The win was Suárez Navarro's third career 6-0, 6-0 victory at a WTA event. She also pulled off that perfect scoreline against Greta Arn at Acapulco in 2010 and Lauren Davis at the US Open last year.

The last two matches of the day produced upsets, with Romanian qualifier Irina-Camelia Begu edging No.5 seed Kaia Kanepi, 6-4, 7-5, and Polona Hercog ousting No.6 seed Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

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