LONDON: Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova returns to her compatriot Lucie Safarova during their semi-final at Wimbledon on Thursday.
History-making Bouchard to face Kvitova in finale
LONDON: Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach a grand slam singles final on Thursday when she defeated Romania’s Simona Halep in the Wimbledon semi-finals.
The 20-year-old world number 13 beat the third seed and French Open runner-up 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 and will take on Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova, the 2011 champion, in Saturday’s final.
Oscar winning actors, Colin Firth and Maggie Smith, it was Halep who broke first for 2-1 before Bouchard, playing in her third Grand Slam semi-final of the year, hit back for 2-2.
Halep then needed a medical time-out after a worrying slip on the dry, grassless baseline which caused her to turn her left ankle.
The Romanian held firm, fighting off a break point in the eighth
away from lifting the Venus Rosewater dish for the second time after seeing off 23rd seed Safarova with 24 winners and eight aces in 80 minutes on Centre Court.
Kvitova, 24, is back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since that surprise triumph against Maria Sharapova at the All England Club three years ago.
Kvitova has been in fine form over the last fortnight, dropping