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Portugal Open Day 3

Bouchard Sets QF Clash with Kuznetsova; Granollers Beats 2-Time Winner Montanes

Vesnina Edges Jovanovski in Epic 3-Set Thriller

Fast-rising star Bouchard. Photo by Fernando Correia portugalopen.pt

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.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Kuznetsova. Photo portugalopen.pt

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.

Marcel Granollers. Photo portugalopen.pt

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

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