Canada's Eugenie Bouchard will feature in a WTA semifinal for the first time in 18 months after defeating Russian Veronika Kudermetova in Gstaad.
WTA Staff
July 20, 2018

GSTAAD, Switzerland - Eugenie Bouchard will contest her first semifinal in 18 months at the Ladies' Championship Gstaad on Saturday after rolling through her quarterfinal match against Veronika Kudermetova, 7-5, 6-0.

The Canadian won 10 of the last 11 games of the match after falling behind by a break in the first set against the Russian qualifier, and streaked through the last eight of the match overall to move into the final four at a WTA event for the first time since the Apia International in Sydney last January. 

"I just am happy to play another match. I'm not really comparing or thinking about the past," Bouchard said. "I just have a match tomorrow and it's great. It's about playing good tennis."

Bouchard only grew in confidence over the course of the victory, pulling off a less dramatic comeback than the ones which featured in her first two rounds, where Swiss favorites Timea Bacsinszky and Viktorija Golubic served for the match and each set against her, respectively, before falling.

The 21-year-old World No.141 needed to qualify for the main draw despite currently being five spots ahead of Bouchard in the current rankings, and overcame a slow start on serve to nonetheless lead after the first seven games.

However, the Russian could not overcome a low first-serve percentage - she landed just 33% of her first serves in the opener - to hold on to her lead, and a crucial eight game helped the Canadian work her way back even. 

The Russian had three game points to lengthen her lead to 5-3, but was unable to consolidate the game before Bouchard again drew level. Though Kudermetova was emphatic when she served to stay in the set the first time, holding at love for 5-5, she dropped serve to love when she attempted to force a tiebreak. 

The former Wimbledon finalist's momentum rolled into set two, as she won the first 13 points before the Russian received an off-court medical timeout after losing the first three games. 

After dropped serve twice in the opener, Bouchard flipped the script entirely in the second set, as she won all 12 points in her three service games in the set.

"It was very important for me to realize that even if she hit some big shots, I could hit some big shots, too," Bouchard said. "I had to really just counter well and take advantage, and I did that much better in the second set. I'm also especially proud of how I stayed focused after the treatment that she took."

The 24-year-old will look to reach her first WTA singles final since February of 2016 up next, as she'll face the winner of the last quarterfinal between top seed Alizé Cornet and No.5 seed Samantha Stosur.