Eugenie Bouchard went ahead Simona Halep in the tiebreak of the first set and never looked back to reach her first Grand Slam final, thus becoming the first Canadian Grand Slam finalist, and when she jumps to her projected ranking of No.7 on Monday, she will become the highest ranked played from her country ever.
Interestingly, the development of the encounter between seed No.13 Bouchard and seed No.3 Halep progressed quite similarly to the semifinal that finished just before their’s, between Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova – after an early exchange of breaks, the match went with serve all the way to the tiebreak and the player who won the tiebreak comfortably won the second set.
Playing her third straight Grand Slam semifinal, Bouchard went a break up right away in the third game, but Halep leveled to 2-2 and after eight holds the Romanian was the first one to lead in the tiebreak, 4-2. That lead was a point after play was briefly suspended at 3-2 when an elderly lady in the stands needed medical attention. Bouchard then held her nerve and recovered from that deficit in the tiebreak to go away with the set in 60 minutes sharp. The second set was straightforwardly hers. Final score: 7-6(5) 6-2.
Bouchard’s last obstacle to the biggest tennis trophy will be Czech Petra Kvitova, who experienced what it feels like to win Wimbledon in 2011. (photo: Moo’s Tennis Blog)