Eugenie Bouchard is set to play in the semifinals of the Abierto Zapopan tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico after defeating American Catherine McNally in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) on Thursday night.
A wild card entry in the WTA 250 event, Bouchard saw McNally take the early lead, going up 3-1 before the Canadian leveled the first set. Bouchard was able to get it to 5-4 and closed out the opener with a service break. There were four straight service breaks in the second set before Bouchard served it out at 5-3 in a match that took 83 minutes. She earned 23 winners to just five from McNally.
“The last couple of days have been a whirlwind,” Bouchard said during her on-court interview after defeating the 19-year-old qualifier. “I’ve had matches every single day, so I haven’t even had time to think about it. I’m just so grateful I could stay here for another day.”
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Next up for Bouchard will be a Friday evening match against another qualifier, 20-year-old Elisabetta Cocciaretto of Italy, who took out top seed Nadia Podoroska in the round of 16. The other semifinal pits second seed Marie Bouzkova of Russia against fourth-seeded Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo.
This is the deepest Bouchard has gone in a tournament since being a finalist at the WTA 250 event in Istanbul in September 2020. She is now one win away from her eighth career WTA singles final.