Quebec native tennis player Eugenie Bouchard is on a roll. On Tuesday she reached her second straight Grand Slam semi-final after defeating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in 3 sets at the French Open.
“I’m very content with a win like this,” said Bouchard. “It was a battle throughout. She played very well especially on long points.”
The 20-year-old’s next opponent will be Russia’s Maria Sharapova, the 2012 Roland Garros champion.
“I’m really excited to be playing Sharapova in a big match here,” Bouchard said.
Sharapova has won both of her previous matches against Bouchard, including a second-round match last year in Paris.
In 2014, Bouchard has seen her ranking soar from No. 31 to No. 16.
Some facts about Eugenie Bouchard:
- Last January, at the Australian Open, she became the second ever Canadian (male or female) to qualify for a singles semifinal in a Grand Slam event. The first was Carling Bassett-Seguso at the 1984 U.S. Open.
- She was the first Canadian to win a junior Grand Slam in singles with her 2012 Wimbledon girls’ title.
- She was named the 2013 WTA Newcomer of the Year.
- In 2014, Bouchard won the first WTA singles title of her career the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, a French Open warm up tournament,