WTA Chennai Open 2022 tennis: Eugenie Bouchard beats India’s Karman Kaur Thandi in pre-quarters

Eugenie Bouchard beat Thandi 6-2, 7-6. The pair of Ankita Raina and Rosalie Van Der Hoek were knocked out from doubles.

By Rahul Venkat
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India’s Karman Kaur Thandi was knocked out of the women’s singles event of the Chennai Open 2022 WTA 250 tennis tournament at the SDAT Stadium on Wednesday.

The Indian tennis player, who beat eighth seed Chloe Paquet in the first round, fell 6-2, 7-6 to Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, the Wimbledon 2014 finalist.

Karman Kaur Thandi began well, with her powerful groundstrokes keeping Eugenie Bouchard on her toes. The Indian, however, was unable to find the winners and was broken in the very first game.

Eugenie Bouchard quickly moved through the gears, aided by some unforced errors from Karman Kaur Thandi, and took the opening set despite being broken once.

Karman Kaur Thandi competed much better in the second set, matching the Canadian shot-for-shot. She managed a crucial breakthrough in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and then consolidated it to 5-2 next game.

However, Eugenie Bouchard came roaring back to win the next three games and levelled things up. The set eventually moved to a tiebreak, where Eugenie Bouchard’s superior angles won her the match.

The Canadian will next face either fourth seed Tatjana Maria or Nadia Podoroska, both of whom are Grand Slam semi-finalists.

Karman Kaur Thandi did enjoy a memorable victory later in the evening as she and partner, fellow Indian Rutuja Bhosale completed a remarkable turnaround in the doubles.

After being a set down and trailing 2-5 in the second, Karman Kaur Thandi and Rutuja Bhosale rallied to beat the pair of Prarthana Thombare and Jessy Rompies 3-6, 7-6, 10-4.

The Indian pair will now face top seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Ankita Raina and her partner Rosalie van der Hoek of the Netherlands were knocked out of the doubles after they lost 6-1, 6-4 to Anastasia Gasanova and Oksana Selekhmeteva.

Ankita Raina had earlier bowed out of the singles in the opening round after losing to Tatjana Maria of Germany.

Indian pair Riya Bhatia and Sharrmadaa Baluu also exited the doubles as they lost 6-2, 7-5 to Peangtarn Plipuech and Moyuka Uchijima.

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