Eugenie Bouchard earns date in Wimbledon semifinal
Eugenie Bouchard hits a shot against Angelique Kerber in a Wimbledon quarterfinal. (Max Rossi, Reuters)
Eugenie Bouchard has advanced to her third straight grand slam semifinal.
The Montreal native delivered yet another strong performance in her Wimbledon quarterfinal on Wednesday, knocking off No. 9 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-4.
Bouchard, 20, hasn't lost a set in five matches at the tournament. She's trying to become the fifth woman to win the ladies' and girls' titles at Wimbledon – Bouchard won the latter in 2012.
Bouchard promises to face a stiff test in the semis against No. 3 seed Simona Halep of Romania, who won 11 games in a row to defeat Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-0 in another quarterfinal on Wednesday. Both Bouchard and Halep are a tour-best 15-2 at grand slams this year.
Against Kerber, Bouchard was the fresher player. Because of rain earlier in the week, Kerber had to play her fourth-round match on Tuesday – a three-set, marathon upset over Maria Sharapova. Bouchard, on the other hand, was off on Tuesday.
However, calling fatigue the determining factor seems a stretch. Bouchard simply was the better player.
After fighting off four break points in the middle of the first set, Bouchard started to take control against Kerber. The Canadian was the more aggressive player and also showed off a deft touch with a couple of well-timed drops and volleys
With the win, Bouchard is expected to climb to No. 8 in the WTA rankings next week, matching the Canadian best by Carling Bassett-Seguso.