For the third straight Grand Slam, Montreal’s Eugenie Bouchard has punched her ticket to the semi-final. She defeated Angelique Kerber in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
In is becoming a recurring trend, she is the first Canadian women to ever go this far at Wimbledon. Her semi-final matchup is against No. 3 seed Simona Halep. The 22-year old Romanian won the only matchup between the two. The matchup was this year at Indian Wells in the round of 16. Halep won in three sets.
Halep defeated Sabine Lisicki in straight sets this morning as well.
For Bouchard, she is now guaranteed to move into the Top 10 for the first time in her career. She is a minimum of the No. 8 player in the world and can continue to climb if she continues to win.
Although Bouchard has reached three straight Grand Slam semi-finals – the first time the feat has been completed since 2009 – she has yet to get to the next step. Her losses to Li Na at the Australian Open and Maria Sharapova at the French Open were better battles but she fell short. Halep doesn’t have the perennial notoriety of a Sharapova or Li Na, but with Bouchard are likely the future stars of the WTA.
Bouchard, once she reaches the final, is 1-1 in her career. Her first win on tour was at Nuremberg in Germany right before the French Open. She has won at Wimbledon before, taking home the Junior Girls crown in 2012.
That tournament was really what put her on the forefront of Canadian tennis and she has now taken over the world as the darling of the tour. She is the youngest player in the Top 25.
Her semi-final matchup will be tomorrow. No time has been set as of yet.