Bouchard and Halep to meet in Wimbledon semi-finals
Bouchard too strong for Kerber as Halep continues her impressive season
Angelique Kerber hits a return during her women’s singles quarter-final against Eugenie Bouchard. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada serves during her match against Angelique Kerber. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
The new golden girl of tennis, Eugenie Bouchard, reached the Wimbledon semi-finals this afternoon with a 6-3 6-4 defeat of Angelique Kerber. 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 yesterday, 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.
Halep continued her impressive season by marching into the semi-finals with a businesslike 6-4 6-0 victory over last year’s runner-up Sabine Lisicki.
Halep, beaten finalist at last month’s French Open, has climbed to third in the rankings this year by virtue of career-best results at consecutive grand slams and was in no mood to ease up against the 19th-seed.
Lisicki had shrugged off a shoulder injury in her fourth-round victory over Yaroslava Shvedova yesterday with no apparent ill-effects and went on the attack with some big serves and ferocious groundstrokes to race into a 4-1 lead.
But Halep showed her mettle to pull back to 4-4. Lisicki seemed to sense she had missed a golden opportunity, allowing the Romanian to give her the runaround from the baseline and reel off the next eight games to seal a place in the last four.