For her first WTA tournament as a Frenchwoman, Varvara Gracheva lost in the quarter-finals in Bad Homburg against Lucia Bronzetti.
Disappointment for Varvara Gracheva. While she had a great opportunity to play a semi-final for her first tournament since obtaining French nationality from the WTA, by facing a player lower ranked than her, the native of Russia was finally eliminated in the quarterfinals on the German turf of Bad Homburg. The world n°43 lost in two sets and 1h16 of play (6-4, 6-3) against n°65, Lucia Bronzetti, who had already beaten her in their first confrontation, at the Open of Australia 2022.
The French did not manage to endanger the Italian on her serve, not getting the slightest break point. After saving two break points on his very first service game, Gracheva ended up giving up his face-off at 2-2 and Bronzetti then unrolled, losing only three points on his serve. In the second set, the French cracked from the Italian’s first break point, at 1-1, and lost a little later, even though he saved three match points at 5-3. It is therefore Lucia Bronzetti who will be opposed to Iga Swiatek or Anna Blinkova for a place in the last four.
Finally a victory at Wimbledon for Gracheva?
As for Varvara Gracheva, she will console herself by probably winning the best ranking of her career on Monday (about 40th). The adopted Cannoise will now take the road to Wimbledon, where she will be one of the four French women competing in the big picture, the draw of which will take place on Friday morning, with Caroline Garcia, Alizé Cornet and Diane Parry (no tricolor managed to rally the last round of qualifying). The Moscow native, who will turn 23 in August, is hoping to win her first game on the London turf, having lost in the first round in 2021 to Petra Martic before being expelled in 2022 as a Russian.