July 5, 2014 7:23 am

Canada’s Bouchard plays Petra Kvitova in Wimbledon women’s final

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates after winning the first set as she plays against Simona Halep of Romania during their women’s singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

LONDON – Eugenie Bouchard is boldly going where no female tennis player from Canada has ever gone before.

The 20-year-old sensation from Westmount, Quebec, will face 24-year-old Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the women’s final at Wimbledon today.

She’ll be the first Canadian woman to play in a Grand Slam singles final.

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Heading into this year’s tournament, Bouchard was ranked No. 13, seven positions lower than Kvitova.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King believes Bouchard and Kvitova are creating one of the most exciting times in women’s tennis in decades.

King says the finalists are from a generation of fitter, stronger players who have “closed the gap on power and belief” with their older contemporaries.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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