Halep, Bouchard advance to Wimbledon semifinals

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 2, 2014 at 8:38 am •  Published: July 2, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Simona Halep of Romania and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada will meet for a place in the Wimbledon final after winning quarterfinal matches in straight sets Wednesday.

The third-seeded Halep, down 4-1 in the first set, won 11 games in a row to beat 2013 finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-4, 6-0 in 57 minutes on Centre Court.

The 13th-seeded Bouchard defeated No. 9 Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals at a third consecutive Grand Slam.

"I'm just excited to be in the semis again and I want to go one step further for sure," Bouchard said.

Halep, runner-up at the French Open, is the first Romanian woman to get this far at the All England Club since the Open era began in 1968. Bouchard, who hasn't dropped a set in five matches, is the first Canadian woman to reach the Wimbledon semifinals.

Their progress to the final four has underlined the rise of a new crop of players in the women's game. Former champions Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are all out of the tournament.

"I think it's a normal evolution of things as the great champions get a bit older the new ones start coming in I think it's a really exciting time for women's tennis," said the 20-year-old Bouchard, who will break into the top 10 in the rankings next week.

Halep and Bouchard are both 15-2 in Grand Slam matches this year.

The other semifinal is an all-Czech matchup between 2011 champion Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova.

Halep and Bouchard have played each other only once, with the Romanian winning.

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