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Eugenie Bouchard of Canada plays a return to Simona Halep of Romania during their women's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) The Associated Press
Eugenie Bouchard has become the first Canadian women's singles tennis player to reach a Grand Slam final after defeating Romania's Simona Halep at Wimbledon on Thursday.
Bouchard, the No. 13 seed from the Montreal area, upset the third-seeded Halep 7-6 (5), 6-2 on the grass at the All England Club.
Bouchard will face Petra Kvitova for the title. The sixth-seeded Czech defeated No. 23 Lucie Safarova in the other semifinal earlier.
Kvitova, a powerful lefty, won Wimbledon in 2011. She defeated Bouchard in straight sets in Toronto last year.
"I'm just gonna go for it," said Bouchard, who reached the semis of the Australian and French Opens this season. "I'll have probably my toughest match yet."
Halep showed toughness in the semifinal by playing through an apparent ankle injury. The Romanian rolled her left ankle while chasing down a ball on the final point of the fourth game of the match. She took a medical timeout and had the ankle wrapped but did not appear overly affected by the injury once play resumed.
Milos Raonic will look to follow Bouchard's lead when he faces seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the men's semifinals on Friday.
Raonic and Bouchard are the first Canadian singles players in the Open era to reach the Wimbledon semis.
Greg Rusedski is the only other Canadian-born player to reach a Grand Slam singles final, but he had decided to compete for Great Britain before he made it to the 1997 U.S. Open final.
Canada has two other players still alive in the doubles draws. Toronto's Daniel Nestor and his mixed doubles teammate Kristina Mladenovic of France are in the semifinals, while Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil and his American teammate Jack Sock are in the men's doubles semis.
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