Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bouchard advances to semi-finals

PARIS—Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard reached her second-straight Grand Slam semi-final after defeating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-5 at the French Open today.
The spot in the final four comes four months after the 18th seed from Westmount, Que. lost to eventual champion Li Na in an Australian Open semi-final.

The 20-year-old Bouchard next will meet Russia’s Maria Sharapova after the 2012 champion beat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 comeback win.
“I’m very content with a win like this,” said Bouchard. “It was a battle throughout.
“She played very well especially on long points.”
Bouchard won the first set in an hour, but dropped the second as she lost her last two service games.
Suarez Navarro then jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third set before the Canadian fought back with a key break and service holds.
Bouchard earned a match point but double-faulted the opportunity away.
She then put a backhand long on a second chance before clinching victory after two hours, 22 minutes when her opponent came up short on a return.
Sharapova, a four-time Grand Slam winner, has won both of her previous matches against Bouchard, including a second-round match last year in Paris.
Bouchard is just the third Canadian woman to reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals after Carling Bassett-Seguso (1984, 1986) and Helen Kelesi (1988, 1989).
Bouchard and Bassett-Seguso are the only players to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam (Bassett-Seguso in the 1984 U.S. Open).
Meanwhile, Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont. failed in his bid to reach the men’s singles semi-finals.
He was swept by second-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia 7-5, 7-6(5), and 6-4 in their quarter-final showdown today.

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