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Wimbledon: Eugenie Bouchard makes semifinals

updated 9:00 AM EDT, Wed July 2, 2014
Eugenie Bouchard reached the semifinals of the Australian and French Opens earlier this year.
Eugenie Bouchard reached the semifinals of the Australian and French Opens earlier this year.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Eugenie Bouchard books place in last four
  • Bouchard defeated German's Angelique Kerber
  • Canadian will play Romania's Simona Halep
  • Halep eased past Sabine Lisicki in straight sets

(CNN) -- Eugenie Bouchard has already established herself as the new face of women's tennis -- and now she's just two wins away from claiming her maiden grand slam title.

The 20-year-old, who is set to move up to No.8 in the world following her 6-3 6-4 win over Germany's Angelique Kerber, will equal the best ever ranking held by a Canadian on the women's tour.

Bouchard, who reached the semifinals of both the Australian and French Opens earlier this year, saw off Kerber to set up a semifinal clash with Romania's Simona Halep.

World No.3 Halep -- the highest ranked player remaining in the tournament, won the only meeting between the pair Indian Wells earlier in 2014.

"It was definitely a tough battle," Bouchard told the tournament's official website following her victory.

"I've played her a few times and it's always been really tough. I knew it wasn't over and I just kept trying to fight.

"I was trying to stay in the moment, I knew I couldn't think ahead, I've been working on that. I hit a good few aggressive shots, so I just tried to play my game."

Halep, who was beaten in the final of the French Open by Maria Sharapova, cruised through to the last four with a straight sets win over Germany's Sabine Lisicki.

Romania's Halep, 22, started slowly, losing the first three games before hitting back to take the first set 6-4.

And she stormed through the second -- taking it 6-0 after winning 11 consecutive games.

"It was a good match. I had a slower start today and she had 4-1 and then I came back very well," Halep told the BBC.

"I was really enjoying myself, it was incredible on Centre Court. It was my second time here and I really enjoy every moment."

Bouchard and Halep will meet on Thursday for the right to play either Lucie Safarova or Petra Kvitova in Saturday's final.

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