The young Canadian Eugenie Bouchard booked her place in the 2014 Wimbledon ladies’ final against Petra Kvitova with a 7-6, 6-2 over third seed Simona Halep on Thursday. Both players were good on court at first but the first break went to Halep as she led 2-1. The Romanian suffered an injury when the match was evenly poised at 2-2, and needed a medical timeout for Halep as the trainer re-wrapped her ankle.
Bouchard caught up to Halep at 6-6 to force a tie-breaker that was won by the Canadian to put one foot in Saturday’s final. In the second set Halep was looking to turn things around. She was the first to serve in the second and held to lead 1-0. However Bouchard broke on two double faults to lead 2-1 and from that it was one-way traffic.
Bouchard broke again before holding to lead 5-1 and went on to take the set 6-2 to book a place in her first Major final. The Canadian 13th seed will face 2011 champion Petra Kvitova. The Czech easily disposed of countrywoman Lucie Safarova 7-6, 6-1 on Thursday to reach her second Wimbledon final. In the first set, Kvitova was the first to serve,and broke Safarova to lead by two games to none before Safarova broke back to level the game at 2-2 in the first set. Both players were looking good timing the ball perfectly as they went to a tie-break.
Kvitova won the tie-break to win the first set 7-6. In the second set Kvitova was looking to continue where she left off from the first set. The second set started in similar fashion as Kvitova broke early to go 2-0 up. Kvitova was too strong for her opponent and continued to dominate as she wrapped up the set 6-1 to book her place in the final at the All England Club where she will face either Eugenie Bouchard or Simona Halep.