Kuznetsova ends Bouchard’s Madrid run

Eugenie Bouchard's brief resurgence came to an abrupt end at the Madrid Open on Thursday, as she went down in straight sets to eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Bouchard's career has been in somewhat of a tailspin over the last 12 months, but she defeated both Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber on the way to the quarter-finals in Madrid this week, perhaps suggesting she'd turned a corner.

The Canadian proved no real match for Kuznetsova on the day, however, as the Russian coasted to a 6-4, 6-0 victory.

Kuznetsova faced just one break point the entire match – at which point she was already a set and 3-0 up – and she saved it immediately before continuing on her merry way, breaking Bouchard's serve for the fourth time in the very next match before serving out the contest with ease.

It was a disappointing end to the tournament for Bouchard, although she can certainly take heart from her performances earlier in the week. The 23-year-old showed some very encouraging signs, with the grudge match against Sharapova seemingly doing her game the world of good.

It's Kuznetsova who marches on, however, and who will face Kristina Mladenovic for a place in Saturday's final.

The second semi-final sees Simona Halep take on Anastasija Sevastova.

All of Thursday's quarter-final results

Kristina Mladenovic (France) beat Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 6-4 6-4 
Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) beat Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 6-3 6-3 
Simona Halep (Romania) beat CoCo Vandeweghe (U.S.) 6-1 6-1     
Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 6-4, 6-0