Friday 15 December 2017

Bouchard and Halep choice of new generation

EUGENIE BOUCHARD and Simona Halep will go head to head today for the prize of a place in the Wimbledon final.

Both were impressive winners of their quarter-finals, as Bouchard brushed past Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-4 and Halep reeled off the final 11 games in a resounding 6-4 6-0 victory over last year's runner-up Sabine Lisicki. The women's tour has been awaiting the arrival of a new generation to tackle the old guard and it looks to be here, with Bouchard and Halep at its vanguard.

Bouchard overwhelmed Kerber, conqueror of Maria Sharapova in the fourth round, with a performance that showed why she looks destined to win grand slams sooner rather than later. After last-four showings at the Australian and French Opens already this year, Bouchard has made it a hat-trick and Roland Garros runner-up Halep may have her hands full in preventing the 20-year-old Canadian reaching a maiden final.

Bouchard believes its an attractive showdown. "I'm excited, she's very good, three in the world,'' she said.

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