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Monday 22 September 2014

Eugenie Bouchard powers into first grand slam final at Wimbledon

Eleanor Crooks,

Published 03/07/2014 | 17:00

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Eugenie Bouchard of Canada waves after defeating Simona Halep of Romania
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada waves after defeating Simona Halep of Romania

Eugenie Bouchard continued her relentless march to the top of the women's game by defeating Simona Halep to reach her first grand slam final at Wimbledon.

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It was a meeting of the two most improved players on the circuit but, after Halep's run to the French Open final, this time it is Bouchard who will bid for a first slam title when she takes on Petra Kvitova on Saturday.

Luck was certainly on 20-year-old Bouchard's side, with Halep turning her ankle early in the match and then seeing a net-cord go against her at a crucial stage of the tie-break.

The second set was all Bouchard and the Canadian, the only player to reach the semi-finals at every slam so far this season, clinched a 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 victory after an hour and 35 minutes.

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