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(ISN) – Montreal, July 2, 2014 – Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) continued their run at Wimbledon on Wednesday allowing for two Canadians to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam for the first time in history.

Bouchard, who easily defeated German Angelique Kerber at Roland-Garros a few weeks ago, posted another victory over the world no. 7 in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. This time the score was 6-3, 6-4. The Canadian saved four break points at 3-3 in the first and then broke Kerber in the next game to take a one set lead. She jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set. Kerber fought back to 4-5, but Bouchard converted her first match point to advance to the final four. Bouchard is the first player since Dinara Safina in 2009 to reach the semifinals of the first three Grand Slam events of the same season. With the victory, the 20-year-old will break into the Top 10 for the first time on Monday at no. 8, tying Carling Bassett-Seguso as the highest ranked Canadian woman of all-time. In Thursday’s semifinals, Bouchard will face world no. 3 and French Open finalist Simona Halep of Romania. The two players met earlier this year at Indian Wells and it was Halep who won in three sets.

For his part, Raonic is into a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time in his career thanks to a 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(4) over Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who upset Rafael Nadal in the Round of 16. The Canadian dominated on serve, hitting 39 aces and 73 winners compared to just 25 unforced errors. With this performance, Raonic will improve his ranking and could be ranked as high as no. 6 in the world on Monday. In the semifinals on Friday, Raonic will face Swiss Roger Federer. Federer has won the first four meetings between the two.

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