Portugal Open Day 3
Bouchard Sets QF Clash with Kuznetsova; Granollers Beats 2-Time Winner Montanes
Vesnina Edges Jovanovski in Epic 3-Set Thriller
wtatennis.com April 30 2014 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.
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.
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 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.
atpworldtour.com April 30 2014 Oeiras - Third seed Marcel Granollers ended Albert Montanes' campaign for a third Portugal Open trophy on Wednesday. The World No. 31 rallied from a set down to record a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 triumph over the 2009-'10 champion in two hours and 19 minutes.
Granollers, who improves to 3-2 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against his fellow Spaniard, next faces qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver, who became the first player to reach the Portugal Open quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 6-3, 7-6(2) victory over wild card Rui Machado. Gimeno-Traver could not convert one match point when serving at 5-4, but completed his seventh win of the year in one hour and 38 minutes.
Earlier in the day, one of last year’s quarter-finalists, wild card Gastao Elias, lost just three of his first service points to beat Filippo Volandri 6-4, 6-3. He will next play in-form fourth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who picked up his third ATP World Tour title at the recent Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca (d. Granollers).
Portugal Open Men's Singles Wednesday Apr 30
R2: 3-Marcel Granollers beat Albert Montanes 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2
R2: Daniel Gimeno-Traver beat Rui Machado 6-3 7-6(2)
R1: Gastao Elias beat Filippo Volandri 6-4 6-3
Portugal Open Women's Singles 2nd Rd Wednesday Apr 30
Polona Hercog beat 6-Lucie Safarova 6-3 4-6 6-2
Irina Begu beat 5-Kaia Kanepi 6-4 7-5
8-Elena Vesnina beat Bojana Jovanovski 5-7 7-5 7-6(7)
1-Carla Suarez Navarro beat Barbora Strycova 6-0 6-0
7-Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Maria Teresa Torro 5-7 6-4 6-1
Timea Bacsinszky beat Ons Jabeur 7-5 6-0
2-Eugenie Bouchard beat Yaroslava Shvedova 6-4 6-2
4-Roberta Vinci beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-0 6-2