Podoroska, Fruhvirtova set up semi-final clash at WTA Chennai Open

Former French Open semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska and Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova set up an exciting semi-final clash at the WTA Chennai Open with contrasting wins on Friday evening.

Podoroska, trying to find her way back to the elite level after being off the tour for 10 months following the 2021 US Open, played her second consecutive three-set match, coming from a set down to beat 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard in two hours and 35 minutes.

After winning the first set 6-1, Bouchard appeared to struggle in the humid conditions and called for the trainer. While she returned and fought hard, Podoroska held out to win the second set 6-4. Down 3-0 in the final set, the Canadian appeared to have gotten a breather as play was suspended due to heavy lighting and rain. But Podoroska was too strong when they returned, finishing the match 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 54 minutes.

Bouchard, partnering Yanina Wickamyer, was later forced to retire from her doubles semi-final against Anna Blinkova and Natela Dzalamidze. who were leading 6-3, 1-1 and advanced to Sunday’s final.

In the second quarter-final of the day, Czech teen Fruhvirtova came from 2-4 down in the first set and 0-3 in the second to upset second seed Varvara Gracheva 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 34 minutes. The win takes Fruhvirtova, a former junior world No 2, into her first semi-final on the WTA Tour.

After the match, the Czech teen was felicitated in an on-court ceremony and awarded the Margaret Amritraj trophy for most promising young player of the tournament.

Later on Friday, third seed Magda Linette will take on seventh seed Rebecca Marino and Greta Britain’s Katie Swan will meet Japanese qualifier Nao Hibino for the last two semi-final berths.

WTA Chennai Open Singles Quarter-Final Results (September 16, 2022)

  • Nadia Podoroska beat Eugenie Bouchard 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Linda Fruhvirtova beat (2) Varvara Gracheva 6-4, 6-3

WTA Chennai Open Doubles Semi-Final Results (September 16, 2022)

  • Anna Blinkova and Natela Dzalamidze beat Eugenie Bouchard/ Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 1-1 (retired)