Eugenie Bouchard reached her first semi-final for 10 months as she battled intense heat to down higher-ranked Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Sydney International on Wednesday.
The former Wimbledon finalist wore down the 27 th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in 76 minutes to set up a semi-final with Britain s world number 10 Johanna Konta.
It will be the 49 th-ranked Canadian s first WTA Tour semi-final since the Malaysian Open in March last year.
” It s a good step in the right direction. I know there is a long way to go to achieve what I want ,” Bouchard said.
” But to match up against solid musicians like I have this week, it s a very tough tournament here. So I m proud of that, for sure .”
Bouchard beat Konta in three decides in the second round at last year s Wimbledon, but it was a battle.
” I barely got through the last one. She s a top -10 musician. She s playing her best tennis right now ,” Bouchard said of Konta.
” I know she will be pretty aggressive. She hits a big ball. I will be ready for that and try and play some good tennis. Yeah, only be grateful for another day in Sydney .”
Konta continued her impressive advance through the Sydney International describe with a 6-3, 7-5 win over rising young Russian Daria Kasatkina, who had eradicated German world number one Angelique Kerber in Tuesday s second round.
” I played Eugenie last year in Wimbledon, a really, really tough battle ,” Konta said.
” I know going into it that it s going to be a tough match. She still is one of the best musicians, and, yeah, it s a given that it s going to be a tough one .”
Elsewhere on a smother day where temperatures topped 42 degrees Celsius( 108 Fahrenheit ), former world number one Caroline Wozniacki went down in a penalize three hour, 20 minute battle with Barbora Strycova 7-5, 6-7( 6/8 ), 6-4.
Both musicians required treatment for foot blisters on the broil Ken Rosewall Arena hardcourt.
Strycova in the semis will face the 2013 win Agnieszka Radwanska, who eradicated Chinese qualifier Duan Yingying 6-3, 6-2 in the evening match.
Duan was the first Chinese woman through to the quarter-finals in Sydney since Li Na in 2013.
Wozniacki was attempting to end a operate of seven Sydney International visits without get past the quarter-finals.
She battled back from 5-2 down in the second situated and 5-0 in the tiebreaker but has declined in the third largest set.
” It was brutal out there, and it was really hot. But you only try and think like you re on a beach drinking pina coladas ,” Wozniacki said.
” That s basically your train of thought. You know that it s the same for both musicians, so I was just trying to mentally only try and keep cool. But it was really, really hot out there .”
Source: Dunya News