Bouchard and Kvitova ready to go nuts at Wimbledon

Thu Jul 3, 2014 3:39pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - It was "a weird match with a weird ending" but all Eugenie Bouchard cared about was the split-second in which she saw Simona Halep's lunging service return spinning into the net.

It was the moment that confirmed her 7-6(5) 6-2 victory over the Romanian third seed at Wimbledon on Thursday.

More importantly, it was the moment that had been 15 years in the making as she became the first Canadian - man or woman - to reach a grand slam final.

The fact that she had set a final date with 2011 champion Petra Kvitova in an arena she calls the "Temple of Tennis" should have sparked some joyous celebrations.

But there were no tears, no leaps of joy and no sinking to the knees. She briefly raised her arms, blew some kisses and then strode out with the air of a champion-in-waiting who knew her "job was not done yet".

"It's not a surprise for me. I expect good results like this. I totally feel like I belong. But I still have another match so it's not a full celebration yet," said the remarkably self-assured 20-year-old.

It was a sentiment shared by Kvitova after she came out on top of a semi-final between two Czechs - and two lefties - by subduing Lucie Safarova 7-6(6) 6-1.

"Still one more to come. I want to be focused on that now," said the sixth seed whose career has somewhat plateaued since her breakthrough win here three years ago.   Continued...

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) in action during her match against Simona Halep (ROU) on day 10 of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports