ISN – Montreal, June 3, 2014 – Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Milos Raonic
(Thornhill, ON) tried to continue writing history on Tuesday at Roland-Garros as two
Canadians were playing in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.
After reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open in January,
Bouchard became the first Canadian to advance to the final four at the French Open
thanks to a 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-5 win over Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. The turning
point of the match came when the 20-year-old Canadian overcame a 1-4 deficit in the
third set by winning twelve points in a row.
“It was such a mental and physical battle, but I am proud of the way I fought,” said
Bouchard after the match. “I am happy that I was able to improve m level of play in
the third set to win the match.”
Bouchard will now face her childhood idol, Mara Sharapova of Russia, in the
semifinals. The two players met in the second round at Roland-Garros last year and
it was Sharapova who came away with a 6-2, 6-4 win.
For his part, Raonic, who was contesting his first career Grand Slam quarter-final,
fell 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-4 to Serbian Novak Djokovic. Despite 21 aces and six break
points saved, Raonic was broken three times in the match. He hit more winners than
Djokovic, 49 compared to 37, but it was not enough to defeat the world no. 2 who
will now face Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the semifinals.