WATCH: Canadian Eugenie Bouchard makes history closing out her semifinal match in straight sets to advance to Wimbledon final
TORONTO – Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard has advanced to the Wimbledon final after defeating Simona Halep of Romania 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the semifinal match Thursday.
Bouchard has become the first Canadian to reach the women’s singles final at the All England Club.
Graphic by: Janet Cordahi
“I never say I’m surprised [about winning] because it’s been a lot of hard work, and it’s been years in the making for me,” said the 20-year-old from Westmount, Que., moments after her win.
“It’s tough work, but it’s what I love, I love working hard.”
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2014
Earlier today, Petra Kvitova advanced to the final with a 7-6, 6-1 win over fellow left-hander Lucie Safarova in a showdown of Czech players.
Bouchard said she expects a “tough challenge” when she goes up against Kvitova Saturday.
Fellow Canadian Milos Raonic is set to take on Roger Federer at the Wimbledon men’s singles semifinal on Friday.
Both Bouchard and Raonic made history at Wimbledon Wednesday after the tennis stars became the first two Canadians to reach the semifinals of a major tennis tournament.
– with files from The Canadian Press
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