2015 Mutua Madrid Open finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova dismissed Eugenie Bouchard in dominating fashion to complete the semifinal line-up in Spain.
WTA Staff

MADRID, Spain - No.8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova reached her second Mutua Madrid Open semifinal in the last three years - and her second Premier Mandatory semifinal of 2017 - by thwarting Canadian wildcard Eugenie Bouchard, 6-4, 6-0 in one hour and 17 minutes.

“I kind of didn't know exactly what to expect because I didn't play Eugenie for a while,” a buoyant Kuznetsova said after the matched. “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.”

Since Kuznetsova saved a match point in her second round encounter with Alison Riske, the Russian veteran has played better with each match, saving some of her best tennis for Thursday night against the former World No.5.

“First of all, I got impression that I could make more breaks in the first set. But some things didn't work, so I did a good work on my mistakes between the 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.”

Grabbing the first and only break of the opening set, Kuznetsova dug out of a 0-30 hole in the tenth game and rode that momentum to a 4-0 lead in the second set.

The steady rainfall that had been present for much of the match intensified from there, triggering a brief delay that the two-time Grand Slam champion saw through with aplomb, breaking and holding serve one more time to put the match at a decisive end.

“The balls got a little bit heavier with the rain. It was a little bit difficult to construct the points because it was just different. The timing a little bit was difficult, but the rest was fine.”

In all, Kuznetsova struck a stunning 28 winners to merely seven unforced errors while Bouchard buckled under her opponent's spin and weight of shot, managing only 12 winners and 13 unforced errors.

Up next for the former World No.2 is doubles partner and No.14 seed Kristina Mladneovic, who continued her stunning surge through the clay court season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sorana Cirstea earlier in the day.

“It's the tennis we're going to play. We get along very well off the court. We practiced here, but there was like, crazy wind. We tried to play some games, but it was really difficult.

“Kiki is playing great on clay courts. I think it's her best season in her life, in her career. Definitely she has the momentum. I'm also playing good on clay. So I think it's going to be very interesting match, something interesting to see.

“We texted after the match because we usually congratulate each other after each match. We said, ‘Let's do it, let's have a good match.

“I think it's going to be good. I'm just going to approach that match just like it's a normal match probably.”