Eugenie Bouchard defeated 3rd-seeded Simona Halep in straight sets (7-6, 6-2) on Thursday to advance to the ladies' final at Wimbledon. Bouchard's win is another first for Canada - the first Canadian to ever advance to a final at a Major tournament.
This is Bouchard's first Major final after reaching three straight semifinals - a first in women's tennis since 2009 and only the sixth since in the last 14 years. She will face Petra Kvitova in the final on Saturday. Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011, while Bouchard won the Wimbledon girls championship in 2012.
The 20-year-old Bouchard's defeat of Halep was the first time she has defeated a top-5 ranked opponent. The turning point of the match was early on in the first set when Halep had to take a 5 and a half minute medical timeout after rolling her ankle. Although it didn't appear to bother her right away, her game dropped significantly in the second set after losing the tiebreaker.
Bouchard won the first set in a tie break:
Check out the match statistics here. After going up 5-1 in the second set, she was unable to capitalize on three match points on Halep's serve. She dropped two more match points while serving for the match, but finally won it. Here she is serving for the match on match point number 6:
Check out the match statistics here.
Kvitova's heavy serve and left-handedness, as well as her experience with winning Wimbledon before, may give her an advantage in the final, but Bouchard has a good chance if she plays her best - which I don't think she did today despite the win.