Quebec teenager Eugenie Bouchard continued her impressive week in Strasbourg, France with a straight sets quarter-final win on Thursday against her Georgian opponent.
The 19-year-old from Westmount, Que. native beat Anna Tatishvili 6-3, 6-2 at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, a claycourt tune-up for the French Open.
While most of the top players are either in training mode for the French Open or playing at the Brussels Open, it is still a major accomplishment for the Canadian in her first full year on the tour.
Specifically, it is Bouchard's first ever WTA semifinal appearance. She entered the week ranked 93rd in the world.
Bouchard on Friday will face a stern test in the form of Alizé Cornet of France, who defeated South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers, 6-3, 6-1, in a battle of the only two remaining seeded players in the draw.
The runner-up at the tournament last year, Cornet has been ranked as high as 11th in the world, currently sitting at No. 31 on the WTA list.
The last two quarterfinals have been postponed to Friday morning.
Flavia Pennetta of Italy will face Misaki Doi of Japan while Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic will take on Johanna Larsson of Sweden.
Jamie Hampton of the United States came back from 5-1 down in the third set Thursday to beat fifth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 and advance to the quarter-finals of the Brussels Open.
Flipkens was the second home player that Hampton has beaten in as many days after she also came back from behind to beat Yanina Wickmayer in three sets on Wednesday.
The victory earned the 23-year-old Hampton a quarter-final on Friday against second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy, who also needed three sets to beat qualifier Yulia Putintseva of Kazakstan.
Eighth-seeded Peng Shuai of China was the first player in the rain-affected WTA tournament to reach the semifinals when she beat fourth-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States 6-2, 6-3.
The tournament concludes Saturday.
Open de Nice
Second-seeded Gilles Simon of France and third-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Open de Nice on Thursday.
Spaniards Alberto Montanes and Pablo Andujar and Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Edouard Roger-Vasselin reached the last four.
Wild-card entry Roger-Vasselin beat Querrey 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1. The Frenchman broke Querrey twice in the final set to lead 5-1 before converting his first match point with a forehand winner.
Roger-Vasselin will next play clay-court specialist Montanes. The Spaniard beat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-4, 6-1.
A semifinalist at the Madrid Open earlier this month, Andujar stunned Simon 6-4, 7-5. The Spaniard hit a drop shot to break Simon at 4-4 in the opening set before rallying from a 4-1 deficit in the second.
Andujar will meet Monfils, who ousted Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-3.
A former top 10 player, Monfils won the last five games. The Frenchman has been bothered by a right knee injury last year, dropping to 109th in the rankings.