In the two ladies' quarterfinal matches at Wimbledon on Wednesday morning, Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard defeated their opponents in straight sets. They will play each other in the semifinals on Thursday, while the two Czechs Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova will play in the bottom half of the ladies' draw of the semifinal. Kvitova is the only remaining player in the women's draw to have won a title before when she won Wimbledon in 2011.
Bouchard and Halep both advance to their second straight major semifinal. Both made the semifinal at the French Open six weeks ago, with Halep advancing to the final before losing to Maria Sharapva. Bouchard has advanced to the semifinal of all three majors this year, making her just the sixth female player to do so and first since 2009.
Halep defeated Sabine Lisicki in straight sets (6-4, 6-0). After going down 4-1 in the first set, Halep won 11 straight games on her way to the match victory. She won 80% of her first serve points, while Lisicki won just 56%. Halep, the 22-year-old from Romania, is also the highest seeded ladies' player at number 3.
Here is match point for Halep:
Meanwhile, Bouchard defeated Angelique Kerber, who eliminated Sharapova less than 24 hours ago. Bouchard won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. The 20-year-old Canadian won 81% of her first serve points while Kerber won 69%. Bouchard hit 29 winners to Kerber's 17.
Bouchard showed success in a nice variety of shots throughout the match. Below is match point:
Both ladies' semifinal matches will be played tomorrow.