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Bouchard makes Canadian tennis history

Eugenie Bouchard
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The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro maybe over two years away, but Canadian tennis fans are rejoicing on Monday after Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Quebec made history by becoming the first Canadian since 1984 to advance to the semi-finals of a grand slam tennis tournament.

On Monday, Bouchard, seeded 30th, defeated 2008 French Open champion and 14th ranked Ana Ivanovic 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 of Serbia to advance to the semi-finals of the Australian Open where she will now face 2011 French Open champion Li Na of China on Wednesday.

Ivanovic rocked the tennis world on Saturday when she beat world number one Serena Williams of the United States 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Na, seeded fourth, defeated the 28th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and seven minutes.

The other women's quarterfinals on Tuesday will see defending champion and world ranked number two Victoria Azarenka of Belarus face world ranked number five Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and the eleventh seed Simona Halep of Romania face 20th ranked Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

The last time a Canadian advanced to the semi-finals was in the 1984 U.S. Open when Carling Bassett-Seguso of Toronto lost 6-2, 6-2 to Chris Evert of the United States. Bassett beat third ranked Hana Mandlikova 6-4, 6-3 in the women's quarterfinals of the 1984 U.S. Open.

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