October 4, 2022
Chennai Open: Eugenie Bouchard beats Karman Thandi, Indian challenge ends in singles


Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard fought back in the second set to register a 6-2, 7-6 round of 16 win over India’s Karman Kaur Thandi in the singles quarterfinals of the Chennai Open WTA 250 tennis tournament on Wednesday. With Thandi out, the Indian challenge ended in a singles draw. Country number one Ankita Raina had lost to Tatjana Maria in the first round on Tuesday. Bouchard was not bothered for a large part of the first set and looked ready to run away before the Indian No. 2 could fight back and win two games. The inconsistency cost Thandie as the former world No. 5 Canadian closed the set 6-2.

After easily reaching a one-set lead, former Wimbledon finalist Bouchard was told to push harder by Thandi, cheering the home crowd.

2-2, the 24-year-old Indian won three games in a row and looked ready to push the match into the decider. He grabbed the much-needed break to take the lead in the fifth game and took command before losing the plot.

Thandi served well and the forehand, her strong point, helped her win consecutive points in the second set before her game was flawed and saw her surrender the advantage she had gained with some entertaining play.

However, he missed two set points and allowed Bouchard to return to the set. The Canadian, now in his 900s and on his way back, used his experience to bounce back and level a 5-all.

After both served their respective serves, Bouchard was on full Indian in the tie-break and quickly wrapped it up 7-2.

Bouchard said after the match, “It was fun to play, although the crowd was cheering for him (Thandi).” Asked how the comeback was going, the Canadian said, “Look…it’s one small step at a time.” Meanwhile, the two seeded players were eliminated in the round of 16. Sweden’s Rebecca Petersen, seeded fifth, lost in straight sets (4-6, 2-6) to Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic, with No. 6 seed Kian Wang Tha qualifier being defeated in straight sets by Japan’s Nao Hibino.

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Result: Singles (2nd round): Nao Hibino (Japan) beat Qiang Wang (China) 6-2, 6-3; Linda Fruhvirtova (CZ) beat Rebecca Petersen (Sweden) 6-4, 6-2; Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) defeated Karman Kaur Thandi (India) 6-2, 7-6.

Doubles: Anastasia Gasanova and Oksana Selekmeteva beat Ankita Raina and Rosalie van der Hoek 6-1, 6-4; Ariane Hartono and Olivia Tajandramulia beat Astra Sharma (Australia) and Ekaterina Yashina 6-3, 6-1; Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) and El Stefani (Brazil) (X1) defeated Despina Papamichal and Katie Swann 6-4, 6-1.

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