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Bouchard, Dabroswki into Chennai doubles semis; Zhao loses to Gracheva

Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Gabriela Dabrowski and their partners are through to the doubles semifinals of the Chennai Open tennis tournament.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., teamed with Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer for a 5-7, 6-3, 12-10 win over the Russian tandem of Anastasia Gasanova and Oksana Selekhmeteva.

In a match in which both teams split the available points at 74 each, Bouchard and Wickmayer moved on by preventing their opponents from cashing in on break opportunities.

Wickmayer and Bouchard faced break point 13 times, but successfully defended nine of them. They converted four of the seven break chances they had.

Bouchard, who returned to action last month after a months-long recovery from shoulder surgery, is set to have a busy day in Chennai on Friday. She will team with Wickmayer to face Russia's Anna Blinkova and Natela Dzalamidze of Georgia in a doubles semifinal match, and will meet Nadia Podoroska in a singles quarterfinal.

Earlier, the top-seeded team of Ottawa's Dabrowski and Brazil's Luisa Stefani downed the Indian duo of Rutuja Bhosale and Karman Thandi 6-0, 6-3.

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