Guadalajara Open: Eugenie Bouchard reaches QF; Nadia Podoroska ousted



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Guadalajara Open: Eugenie Bouchard reaches QF; Nadia Podoroska ousted

Thursday marked another upset at the Guadalajara Open in Mexico. Italy’s Elisabetta Cocciaretto ousted top-seed Nadia Podoroska in the second round. The qualifier won in straight sets 7-5, 7-5 in two hours and two minutes in what was an erratic, error-prone match.

Both players won about 60% of their first-serve points. However, Cocciaretto won more points off the second serves – 58% to Podoroska’s 40%. Likewise, while the Italian was hampered by six double faults, she did well to save 11 of the 17 break points she faced while converting five of the seven break points on the Argentine’s serve.

In the quarter-finals, the world no. 134 will play Lauren Davis. The American caused an upset of her own as she took down the sixth-seeded Danka Kovinic 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 24 minutes.

Guadalajara Open: Canadians have mixed fortunes

Seventh seed Leylah Fernandez also crashed out in the second round.

The Canadian lost to Australian Astra Sharma 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 35 minutes. Sharma will play fourth-seeded Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo in the quarter-finals. Tormo defeated Leonie Kung 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 36 minutes.

Fernandez’s fellow Canadian, 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard, however, advanced to the quarter-finals with the last upset of the day. Bouchard beat eighth seed Kaja Juvan 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 17 minutes. The 144th ranked Canadian broke the Slovenian’s serve four times and saved one of the two break points she faced.

Bouchard also won almost 78% points of her first-serve points to Juvan’s 70%. For the match, the former world no. 5 won 64 points to Juvan’s 50. Bouchard will play Cathy McNally in the last-eight. The American fended off Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek in the evening session, pulling off a 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4 victory after two hours and 24 minutes.

The last quarter-final at the Guadalajara Open will be played between Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and second seed Marie Bouzkova. The Czech, who is the highest seed remaining in the draw, defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-2 in the second round.

The Slovakian, meanwhile, dashed the hopes of the home favourite Renata Zarazua. Schmiedlova needed three sets and two hours and 32 minutes to win 6-3, 5-7, 6-1. Photo Credit: Guadalajara Open