Eugenie Bouchard Gstaad charge ended by Alize Cornet and injury
Eugenie Bouchard’s encouraging Gstaad run has been ended by injury in the semi-final.
The one-time world-number four and former Wimbledon finalist has slipped to number 146 in the latest WTA Tour rankings, but surged to the last four of in Switzerland.
However, it is Alize Cornet who will advance to the final after Bouchard was forced to retire with a muscle injury whilst trailing 7-6 1-0.
“In the second point of the match, I felt a stretch in my groin, adductor muscle,” she said. “I called the physio, but it kept getting worse.
“I was hampered but I was close to winning the first set, I made a good run here.
“I’m slowly putting things together, Today was just a bit too much, though, I couldn’t stay in the points that long.
“I’m working on power and consistency and trying to keep fighting no matter what…. you never know if it’s over. I try to keep that in mind.”
Cornet, meanwhile, will now face Mandy Minella in Sunday’s final after she beat Czech Marketa Vondrousova 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
— mandy minella (@mandyminella) July 21, 2018
“The first set was tight, she was playing very well and very aggressively,” the 48th-ranked winner, who owns five career titles, said.
“I could not see that she was badly injured. I was just happy to win that first set.
“If she had won it, you never know, maybe she would have kept going. She was playing amazing.”
“Playing Mandy won’t be simple. I’ll have to give my best, it will be tough.”
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