Bouchard, Raonic make final push to summit at U.S. Open

Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:17pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada has long been a global ice hockey super power, toasted a Formula One driver's champion and at different times has laid claim to the world's fastest man.

The Maple Leaf has been waved by a Masters champion and produced most valuable players in the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.

But one sporting peak no Canadian has yet to reach is the top of the tennis mountain as a grand slam winner.

Faced with some Everest sized hype, Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic have set up base camps within sight of that lofty goal and head into the U.S. Open next week prepared to make a final push for the summit.

By reaching the Wimbledon final Bouchard has already climbed higher than any Canadian before her after semi-final appearances at the French and Australian Opens - losing to eventual champions on both occasions - had already marked her as a rising star.


Raonic also reached new heights on the lawns of the All-England Club, becoming the first Canadian man to play a grand slam semi-final following a quarter-final run at Roland Garros.   Continued...

Aug 5, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Eugenie Bouchard of Canada plays against Shelby Rogers of Unites States on day two of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Uniprix Stadium.  Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports