Montreal’s Eugenie Bouchard rolled into the Wimbledon final, after dispatching Simona Halep 7-6, 6-2.
Milos Raonic makes his first grand slam semi-final appearance tomorrow against the great Roger Federer.
Vancouver/Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil and American partner Jack Sock upset the No. 2 team in the world to advance to men’s doubles semi-finals.
Both Raonic and Pospisil guided Canada to the semi-finals in Davis Cup play in 2013.
Bouchard at 20-years-young will join Raonic in the top ten rankings.
I think she understands there is an opening in the women’s game, for someone to come in and dominate. She is the only woman to advance to all three grand slam semi-finals this year.
From my very amateur point of view, I thought she was too aggressive last year. She tried to hit a winner on every shot.
But it clearly paid off and I was clearly wrong.
That is Bouchard’s style of play. There is no holding back. She will go for it on every point, especially when she’s facing adversity.
Today, she was down 4-2 in the first set tiebreaker.
Did she bail? Nope.
She rattled off five of the next six points to take the set.
Some say she has had an easy time on her side of the draw, because Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams both lost, but you can only beat who is in front of you. Those two are part of the old guard. They still have success, but neither one is winning majors consistently.
There’s room for a young go-getter.
Pierre Lamarche, a former Davis Cup captain and member of the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame, says Bouchard has the look of a champion.
“I mean she’s a pretty cold blooded killer on the court.
That is what Raonic needs to do.
He has never beaten Roger Federer. Zero wins in four matches. He seems to have improved every time they have played, and has lost 2-1 in three of those showdowns. Tomorrow will be a five-set affair.
The big server from Ontario is in his prime now. He is 23 and Federer is the grey beard at 32.
It’s his time to shine, he needs the Genie mentality. “Cold blooded killer on the court.”
The sport has never had this much attention in Canada and it appears this will inspire a new generation of racket wielders.