Chennai Open: Eugenie Bouchard sends Karman Kaur Thandi packing; Indian challenge ends in singles | Tennis News

CHENNAI: Canada Eugenie Bouchard suppressed a second retaliatory response from India Karman Kaur Thandi to win 6-2, 7-6 in the round of 16 and book a place in the quarterfinals of the singles of the Chennai Open WTA 250 tennis tournament here on Wednesday.
With the release of Thandi, India’s challenge in the singles draw came to an end. The country’s No. 1 Ankita Raina fell to Tatjana Maria in the first round on Tuesday.
Bouchard was undisturbed for much of the first set and looked set to run away before the No.2 Indian fought back and won two games. The inconsistency cost Thandi as the former Canadian world No. 5 closed out the set 6-2.
After taking a one-set lead quite easily, former Wimbledon runner-up Bouchard was forced to work hard by Thandi to acclaim from the home crowd.
From 2-2, the 24-year-old Indian won three games in a row and looked set to push the game into the tiebreaker. She got the much-needed break in game five to take the lead and seemed in control before losing the plot.
Thandi served well and the forehand, her forte, helped earn points consistently in the second set before errors crept into her game and saw her give up the advantage she had gained with an enterprising game.
However, she wasted two set points and let Bouchard back into the set. The Canadian, ranked in the 900s now and on a comeback trail, used her experience to bounce back and level at 5-all.
After the duo held their respective serves, Bouchard was all over the Indian in the tiebreaker and quickly wrapped it up 7-2.
Speaking after the match, Bouchard said: “It was fun to play even though the crowd was cheering for him (Thandi).”
When asked how the comeback was going, the Canadian replied: “Listen…It’s one small step at a time.”
Meanwhile, two top seeds crashed out in the round of 16. As fifth-seeded Rebecca Peterson of Sweden lost in straight sets (4-6, 2-6) to Czech Linda Fruhvirtova, No. 6 seed Qian Wang was beaten in straight sets by Nao Hibino of Japan, a qualifier.
Results: Singles (2nd round): Nao Hibino (Japan) beat Qiang Wang (China) 6-2, 6-3; Linda Fruhvirtova (Cze) beat Rebecca Peterson (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; Arianne Hartono and Olivia Tjandrammulia beat Astra Sharma (Australia) and Ekaternina Yashina 6-3, 6-1; Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) and L Stefanie (Brazil) (X1) defeated Despina Papamichail and Katie Swan 6-4, 6-1.

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