Eugenie Bouchard advances to Aussie Open semis
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates defeating Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in their women's quarter-final tennis match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic)
Eugenie Bouchard has made Canadian tennis history.
The 30th ranked 19-year-old out of Westmount, Que., defeated the 14-seed Ana Ivanovic 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, and became the first Canadian to make it to the Australian Open semi-finals.
Bouchard dropped her first set, but quickly stormed back going up 4-3 before Ivanovic, the 26-year-old Serbian, had to leave the court for a medical timeout.
Once Ivanovic returned, she wasn’t able to capture the momentum back under some tireless pressure from Bouchard, who hit 47 winners to 37 unforced errors.
She continued to showcase her composure on the big stage at Melbourne Park, closing it out on her first match point.
With the victory Bouchard becomes the first Canadian to make the semifinal of a major since Carling Bassett at the U.S. Open in 1984.
Bouchard has quickly risen up the ranks in the Tour.
She began the 2013 season ranked 147 in the world and finished at 32, winning the Newcomer of the Year award.
After the match things got a little weird when the Australian post-game interviewer asked Bouchard ‘if you could date anyone in the world who would it be?’
“Justin Bieber,” Bouchard answered and laughed as the crowd jokingly booed her response.
Genie’s Army, a group of dedicated fans supporting Bouchard throughout the whole tournament, threw a stuffed toy wombat to Bouchard as she waved to the crowd after the interview.
But Bouchard will surely have her sights set on a much larger prize as she’s set to face the 4-seed Li Na of China in the semi-final on Thursday.