Tennis: Westmount’s Bouchard reaches Istanbul remaining

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Genie Bouchard continued her climb up the WTA Tour rankings Saturday when she defeated Spaniard Paula Badosa 6-Three, 6-2 within the semifinals of the TEB BNP Paribas clay-court match in Istanbul.

Bouchard, who needed to qualify for the principle draw, needed to survive a few three-hour matches to reach the semifinals, however she breezed by Saturday’s match in a single hour and 25 minutes. She broke Badosa’s serve 4 occasions and fought off six of seven break factors on her serve.

Bouchard, who reached a career-high No. 5 within the rankings in 2014, dropped to No. 330 earlier than than pandemic halted play. Her win Saturday ensures her a rating of 163 and she will climb to 137 with a win in Sunday’s remaining.

Her opponent shall be Patricia Maria Tig of Romania, who superior with a 6-Three, 6-Three win over Czech qualifier Tereza Martincova.

Leylah Annie Fernandez, the 18-year-old from Laval, misplaced within the first spherical of qualifying for the Rome Open. She misplaced to Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. On the boys’s facet, 10th-seeded Steven Diez, a Toronto native who relies in Spain, superior with a 6-Four, 7-5 win over Radu Albot of Moldova.