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Eugenie Bouchard falls in Australian Open semi

Eugenie Bouchard falls in Australian Open semi

By Callum Ng

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard couldn’t get past China’s Li Na on Thursday afternoon in Australia, losing 6-2, 6-4.

It was the 19-year-old’s first trip to a Grand Slam semi-final and the first for a Canadian woman since 1984.

The native of Westmount, a place in Montreal known for tennis, built on a dream year in 2013. Last season she launched herself to no. 32 in WTA rankings, beat four top-15 opponents and made her first WTA final.

Her Australian Open began in a seeded position, allowing her smoother initial rounds. Then came a clash with Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic in the quarters. Bouchard played steadily, and then convincingly better in the third set, triumphing 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.

Despite the loss today, Bouchard stands to yet again move up in the WTA rankings, reportedly as high as top-20.

According to Tennis Canada, Bouchard will now head to Montreal for Canada’s World Group II first round tie against Serbia, February 8 and 9.

By Callum Ng

Senior Writer/Producer for Olympic.ca: I tell sport stories. I also like songs and dim sum. Liable to be found rink side, track side, pool side, any side.

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