Tennis news today: Eugenie Bouchard reaches Chennai Open quarter-finals, Serena Williams’ ex-strike partner Sascha Bajin claims American not yet finished
Eugenie Bouchard’s comeback took a positive turn as she defeated Karman Kaur Thandi to reach the quarter-finals of the Chennai Open. Sascha Bajin, who has worked as Serena Williams’ hitting partner in the past, said the former world No. 1 still has some tennis in her.
The United States staged a spirited fightback in the deciding doubles match to win against Great Britain in their first Davis Cup group game. Venus Williams’ latest Instagram post has her fans excited that she may be back in action soon.
After a tough first-round encounter, 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina passed Tereza Martincova to reach the Slovenia Open quarter-finals. Here is a summary of the day’s headlines:
Eugenie Bouchard reaches the quarter-finals of the Chennai Open
Barely a month after her return, Eugénie Bouchard has already qualified for the quarter-finals of a WTA tournament. Currently competing at the Chennai Open, she beat Karman Thandi 6-2, 7-6(2) in the second round to reach the last eight. The Canadian won the first set quite easily, but trailed 5-2 in the second set.
Bouchard fought back to level the score, leading the set to a tie-break and coming out on top to win the match. She will face Wimbledon 2022 semi-finalist Tatjana Maria or Roland-Garros 2020 semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska in the quarter-finals.
Sascha Bajin thinks Serena Williams could make a comeback in the future
Serena Williams’ former strike partner Sascha Bajin took to Twitter to claim the American may return to the sport in the future. He feels that she’s not done with tennis yet and we haven’t seen her yet.
“I saw that many of you wrote to me why I didn’t post about Serena’s retirement. Let’s put it this way, I don’t think she’s done. I don’t know anything you don’t know but something tells me we’ll see her again.” – Sascha Bajin on Twitter
The recently concluded US Open was the last tournament of Williams’ career. She picked up victories over Danka Kovinic and world number 2 Anett Kontaveit before falling to Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round.
USA edge out Great Britain to start Davis Cup campaign on a winning note
USA and Great Britain, two Davis Cup heavyweights, faced off in their Group D. Tommy Paul put the Americans ahead with a win over Dan Evans. Taylor Fritz had plenty of chances to tie the game in their favor later on, but Cameron Norrie staged a comeback to win the match.
It all came down to the deciding rubber in doubles. Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram teamed up for Team USA, while Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury replaced the Brits. The British duo had plenty of chances to win the match, but Sock and Ram came back from a set and a break to win in three sets.
The United States won the tie 2-1 and sit second in Group D, behind the Netherlands.
Venus Williams is preparing for a potential return to the tour
While her sister Serena Williams recently retired, Venus Williams said she still plans to continue acting. Her recent Instagram post also alluded to it, although it’s unclear when and where the American will compete next.
“💕💚 My game is getting stronger💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿” – Williams on Instagram
However, Williams is yet to win a match this year, losing in the first round of every tournament she has entered. Her previous tournament was the US Open, where she was beaten by Alison Van Uytvanck in the first round.
Elena Rybakina does light work on Tereza Martincova to reach Slovenia Open quarterfinals
After a tough first-round win, reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina barely broke a sweat in the second round. Despite a few missteps, she remained in control to defeat Tereza Martincova 6-4, 6-1 and reach the quarter-finals.
Rybakina will face Lesia Tsurenko for a spot in the semi-finals. The Ukrainian defeated fifth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in straight sets in the previous round.