Eugenie Bouchard's Big Moment Jun 3, 2014 21:42:37 GMT
Post by Admin on Jun 3, 2014 21:42:37 GMT
Eugenie Bouchard is through to her second straight Grand Slam semi-final after rallying from 1-4 down in the decider to beat Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro on Suzanne Lenglen Court.
The 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-5 victory was the 20-year-old’s 10th straight win on clay having collected her first title at Nurnberg last week and follows her surprise run to the Australian Open semi-finals in January, where she fell to eventual champion Li Na.
"For me it was such a physical and emotional battle. I was down. I was always coming back and fighting and trying and really kind of a grind on clay," Bouchard said. "I'm proud of this, but I will continue. I want to do better than I did in Australia."
The 2012 champion, Maria Sharapova, is next. It will be a big step up, but Bouchard insists she won't be overawed playing her childhood idol, far from it. "First, we're not friends, so there is that. For sure I respect her. But now we're in the semis of a Grand Slam, so I'm going to respect her but not put her too high on a pedestal and really just battle," Bouchard said.
@geniebouchard Took a selfie after my match... Fabrice thinks I'm "known for my selfies"! #lol
"I want to thank everyone here for creating such a great atmosphere," Bouchard said after the match. "I didn't expect to play such a tough match. She played really well and is a great clay court player. "At the end of the third set I thought I was getting the upper hand began to believe that I could win. I'm just excited to be in the semifinals and to stay a little longer in Paris. I'm just going to enjoy myself in the semifinals."
.@geniebouchard the ONLY player to make both 2014 @australianopen & @rolandgarros SFs