Eugenie Bouchard set up a Wimbledon semi-final showdown with Simona Halep as she overwhelmed Angelique Kerber 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 will have her hands full in preventing the 20-year-old Canadian reaching a maiden final.
Kerber, Maria Sharapova’s fourth-round conqueror, could not back up that hard-fought success and surrendered 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 12 minutes on Court One.
A single break in the first set, and two in the second, carried Bouchard through to face world No.3 Halep this afternoon.
Bouchard said: “It was definitely a tough battle. I’ve played her a few times before and it’s always been really tough
“I’m happy I was able to pull it out in the end.”
Come the final game, in which Kerber threatened to break back and bring the second set on terms, Bouchard managed to stay focused. “I was trying to stay in the moment. I knew I couldn’t think ahead,” she said.
“There were a few bad errors but I hit a few aggressive shots and that’s my game, I just tried to play my shots.”
Halep dropped just four games in beating last year’s runner-up Sabine Lisicki, and it promises to be a thrilling semi-final between the brightest young talents in women’s tennis.
“I’m excited, she’s a very good player, three in the world,” Bouchard said. “I’m excited to be in the semis and I want to go one step further, that’s for sure.”