Wimbledon - Bouchard overpowers Kerber to reach semis

The new golden girl of tennis Eugenie Bouchard reached the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 6-3 6-4 defeat of Angelique Kerber on Wednesday.

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Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts after defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany in their women's singles quarter-final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championship (Reuters)

Already seen as the golden girl of tennis, the 20-year-old Canadian looked like a grand slam champion in waiting with another irresistible barrage of attacking strokes.

A day after Australia's 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios fired a warning to the established order in men's tennis by taking down Rafael Nadal, Bouchard, a year older and far more established, packed too much firepower for the gritty Kerber.

"It was definitely a tough battle, I have played her a few times now and it has always been really tough," Bouchard, named after British royalty, said in a TV interview.

"I knew it wasn't over but I stuck in and managed to pull it off. I couldn't think ahead and had to stay in the moment and just tried to play my game."

From 3-3 in the first set, when she was in danger of dropping serve, Bouchard took a stranglehold with a flurry of winners against an opponent looking a little weary after her three-set victory over Maria Sharapova the previous day.

Tucking into Kerber's weak second serve like a lumberjack taking his axe to a pine, she broke in the next game and then twice more to march 4-1 ahead in the second set before a brief wobble allowed Kerber hope.

Ninth seed Kerber crept back into contention and was within a point of levelling at 5-5 before Bouchard nailed some winners to reach her third grand slam semi-final of the year.

Her next challenge will be defeating 22-year-old Simona Halep of Romania, whose rise up the rankings this year has been equally dramatic.

"I am excited; she is a very good player so I am definitely ready for another tough match," Bouchard, the first Canadian to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon, told the BBC.

"I am so pleased to reach the semi-finals again but I want to go one step further this time around."

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