Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard has advanced to the semi-finals at Wimbledon after defeating Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-3 and 6-4.
She is the first Canadian singles player to make it to a Wimbledon semifinal in the Open era.
“I’m excited to be in the semis. But, of course, I’m never satisfied, so I definitely want to go a step further, or as far as I can,” Bouchard said.
“I’m looking forward to try to play a little bit like I played today. I thought I was pretty solid out there and playing the right way on the grass. So that’s going to be a key.”
Tennis Canada says the win now advances her to No. 8 in the tennis world and gave her a shout out on Twitter.
— Tennis Canada (@Tennis_Canada) July 2, 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and others also took to Twitter to congratulate Bouchard.
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) July 2, 2014
— ♚Sharapova♚ (@Love4Sharapova) July 2, 2014
Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., will face off against third-seeded Romania’s Simona Halep in the next round.
Halep beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 6-4 and 6-0 in the quarter-finals.
The other semi-final match will pit the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova against each other.
Canada could have two players in the semis if Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., defeats Australian wild card entry Nick Kyrgios in his quarter-final. In other men’s quarter-final action, defending champion Andy Murray was defeated in straight sets by Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.
Bouchard has lost her only previous meeting against Halep, on hardcourt at Indian Wells last March.
“She’s a good player and I’m ready for another tough match,” Bouchard said.
“It’s not every day you can walk out on Centre Court and play the semis of a slam. That’s the most important thing for me, is to really enjoy it. I’m going to try, give it my best, leave everything on the court, and we’ll see what happens.”
Halep, meanwhile, took command of her match by attacking Lisicki’s weak second serve. The German won only eight of 26 points on her second serve. She also had 20 unforced errors, compared to 11 by Halep.
“She had 4-1 and then I came very well back,” Halep said. “I played my best today and I was enjoying every moment because it was incredible on Centre Court.”
With files from The Associated Press