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