New golden girl of tennis holds court

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bouchard Jul 2 AFP Canada's Eugenie Bouchard celebrates winning her women's singles quarter-final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber. Photo: Carl Court

London – The new golden girl of tennis Eugenie Bouchard reached the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 6-3 6-4 defeat of Angelique Kerber on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Canadian attacked relentlessly throughout the Court One duel, eventually breaking the dogged resistance of one of the sport’s best defenders.

Bouchard survived four break points at 3-3 in the opening set and it proved a pivotal moment as she then tucked into Kerber’s weak serve in the next game to stretch ahead.

She looked to be racing away with the match when she moved 4-1 ahead in the second but Kerber, who downed Maria Sharapova the previous day, dug deep and came within a point of levelling the set at 5-5 as Bouchard faltered slightly.

The 13th seed responded in style though with a flurry of winners and sealed victory when Kerber hooked a forehand wide.

She will face Romanian third seed Simona Halep in the semi-final, hoping to go one better than at this year’s Australian Open and French Open where she fell in the last four. – Reuters

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