January 22, 2014, Montreal (ISN) – Eugenie Bouchard’s (Westmount, QC) impressive run at the Australian Open came to an end in the semifinals where she was defeated 6-2, 6-4 by world no. 4 Na Li of China.
Li had a perfect start to the match, jumping out to a 5-0 lead before Bouchard got on the board and won four of the next five games. Bouchard fought hard in the second set, but Li was too strong on the day. She hit 34 winners en route to reaching the third Australian Open final of her career.
Bouchard was making her first main draw appearance in Melbourne after losing in qualifying last year. She became the first Canadian since Carling Bassett at the U.S. Open in 1984 to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam. She should crack the Top 20 for the first time when the new WTA rankings are released on Monday.
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.