January 20, 2014, Montreal (ISN) – On Monday at the Australian Open, Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) became the second Canadian in history to reach the singles semifinals of a Grand Slam, matching the performance of Carling Bassett at the U.S. Open in 1984.
Bouchard, seeded no. 30 in the tournament, took on Serbian Ana Ivanovic, who upset World No. 1 Serena Williams in the Round of 16. Even though she lost the first set, Bouchard continued to battle and play aggressively, a strategy that ultimately paid dividends as she came out on top 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. In victory, the 19-year-old Canadian hit 47 winners compared to 34 for her opponent and she was able to break Ivanovic’s serve seven times in the match. She remained calm and focused until she converted her first match point.
Bouchard will now take on world no. 4 Li Na of China, a finalist last year at the Australian Open who defeated Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-1 in her quarter-final match. The two players met in 2012 in the second of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank and it was Li Na who came away with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph.
Following the Australian Open, Bouchard will be in Montreal for Canada’s World Group II first round tie against Serbia at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex on February 8 and 9.