Bouchard overpowers Kerber to reach Wimbledon semis

Wed Jul 2, 2014 12:47pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard struck another blow for the new kids on the block when she overpowered Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday.

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 gritty 26-year-old Kerber.

With the usual suspects - the likes Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Victoria Azarenka - already out, Bouchard is knocking louder than ever on the grand slam trophy cabinet.

She fell to Li in the semi-finals at the Australian Open and was edged out at the same stage by Sharapova at Roland Garros, but is determined that it will be third time lucky.

"I'm excited to be in the semis. But, you know, I'm never satisfied, so definitely want to go a step further," she said.

"I think I played some great players when I lost in the semis," added Bouchard, who will have to get past fast-rising Romanian Simona Halep to reach her first major final.

"You don't win every single time. But I'm going to look forward to try to play a little bit like I played today," she said.   Continued...

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada hits a return during her women's singles quarter-final tennis match against Angelique Kerber of Germany at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Max Rossi