Day 10 Wimbledon
Bouchard Makes History for Canada; Kvitova Back in Ladies Final
July 3, 2014 ITS Staff – Wimbledon 2011 champion Petra Kvitova and rising star Eugenie Bouchard reached the Wimbledon Ladies Singles final posting straight set wins on Thursday at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Canada’s Bouchard upset Roland Garros finalist and No.3 seed Simona Halep 7-6(5), 6-2 to reach her first career Grand Slam final after two successive semi-final appearances at the Australian and French Open. The 20-year old from Westmount, Quebec also becomes the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam and the Wimbledon final.
Bouchard has now played six matches at the tournament without dropping a set. Halep had to fight off a swollen ankle after twisting it just after 12 minutes of play. The 22-year old Halep showed courage managing to stave off four match points before Bouchard clinched the fifth match point with a service winner.
In the first match at Centre Court, sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova returns to her second Wimbledon final after defeating Czech compatriot and friend Lucie Safarova, 7-6(6), 6-1 in 80 minutes.
Quoted by the WTA after the match, the 24-year old Kvitova who hails from Bilovec said, "It's great, definitely. I don't have the words to describe how I'm feeling right now. It was a tough match mentally, because Lucie is a good friend of mine. We know each other very well on and off the court - and I knew she was going to play very well. I'm just very happy I won and am in the final again.
"I tried to be focused from the beginning of the second set. After I won the tie-break, I broke her in the first game of the second set and I managed to keep it going and serve well until the end."
Wimbledon Women's Singles Semi-finals Thursday July 3
6-Petra Kvitova beat 23-Lucie Safarova 7-6(6) 6-1
13-Eugenie Bouchard beat 3-Simona Halep 7-6(5) 6-2