Portugal Open Day 4 (Video)
Berdych, Raonic Advance to Quarters; Kuznetsova in Semis, Upsets Bouchard
Vesnina Continues Run, Ousts Fourth Seed Vinci in 3 Sets
wtatennis.com May 1 2014 Oeiras, Portugal - - Svetlana Kuznetsova just continues to find her feet on clay - the former French Open champion came alive after a slow start to beat Eugenie Bouchard at the Portugal Open, 6-4, 6-1.
It was by far the most intriguing quarterfinal showdown at the International-level stop - Bouchard one of the WTA's most promising rising stars, arguably the new generation's leader, while Kuznetsova is one of the most established veterans out there with a legendary career, including a pair of Grand Slams at the 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open and a career-high ranking of No.2, first set back in 2007.
Kuznetsova served bigger - she not only had a higher first serve percentage than Bouchard, 61% to 46%, but she also won more points on that first serve, 69% to 52%. She was also far better on her second serve, winning 67% of those points (compared to 46% for Bouchard). They each had one ace. Break points also told a clear story. Up until that turning point at 4-1 in the opening set, Bouchard was 1/1 on break points and Kuznetsova 0/4 - after that, Bouchard was 0/0 and Kuznetsova was 5/11.
Eighth-seeded Elena Vesnina rallied past fourth-seeded Roberta Vinci at the Portugal Open on Thursday to make her first WTA semifinal of the season. Vesnina was coming off an over three-hour defeat of Bojana Jovanovski that saw her survive a match point. And though her clash with Vinci wasn't quite as long, it had plenty of drama too.
Vinci was seemingly on her way to victory when she took a 5-2 lead in the third set. She even was two points from the match at 30-15 in that game. But Vesnina managed to win that game and four more from there for a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5 triumph.
atpworldtour.com May 1 2014 Oeiras – World No. 7 Tomas Berdych beat Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 6-2 to begin his Portugal Open campaign on Thursday in Oeiras. The Czech top seed broke serve three times from five opportunities to claim victory in 76 minutes, recording his 22nd tour-level win of the season.
The 28-year-old Berdych is making his first appearance since 2005 at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament. The right-hander is looking to win his second title of the season, following victory on hard court in Rotterdam (d. Cilic).
Playing at a career-high World No. 9, Milos Raonic made a confident start to his Oeiras campaign, dismissing Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 in 68 minutes. The Canadian won 76 per cent of his service points and converted three of his eight break points to win his first contest with Cuevas. He is looking to reach his first ATP World Tour clay-court final this week and goes on to face Carlos Berlocq after the Argentine defeated Lukasz Kubot 6-4, 6-3.
Portuguese wild card Gastao Elias reached the Oeiras quarter-finals for the second year in a row after upsetting fourth seed and recent Casablanca champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. The 23 year old next will face Victor Hanescu after the Romanian battled past upcoming Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Portugal Open Women's Singles Quarterfinal Thursday May 1
1-Carla Suarez Navarro beat Polona Hercog 6-1 6-3
8-Elena Vesnina beat 4-Roberta Vinci 7-6(5) 4-6 7-5
Irina Begu beat Timea Bacsinszky 6-3 7-6(6)
7-Svetlana Kuznetsova beat 2-Eugenie Bouchard 6-4 6-1
Portugal Open Men's Singles Second Round Thursday May 1
Carlos Berlocq beat Lukasz Kubot 6-4 6-3
Leonardo Mayer beat Andrey Golubev 6-1 7-6(3)
1-Tomas Berdych beat Somdev Devvarman 6-3 6-2
Gastao Elias beat 4-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4 3-6 6-2
2-Milos Raonic beat Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-2
Victor Hanescu beat Pablo Carreno 6-3 4-6 6-3