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Bouchard performs well on clay

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According to the Canadian Press, Canada's number one female tennis player, Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal advanced to the semifinals on Saturday before losing to Andrea Petkovic of Germany 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina.

Overall it was a solid week for Bouchard, who is ranked 20th in the world, and was ranked sixth at the clay court tournament.

Bouchard defeated 2000 Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams of the United States 7-6, 2-6, 6-4 in the third round and then former world number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

By advancing to the semifinals at Charleston is significant because it was on clay, the same surface that will probably be used for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Even though Petkovic was ranked 14th at the Family Circle Cup, she is no slouch by any means. Petkovic has advanced to the quarterfinals of three grand slam titles and has been ranked as high as number nine in the world.

On Sunday, Petkovic beat rising Slovakian star Jana Cepelova 7-5, 6-2. Cepelova had beaten reigning Olympic gold medalist and world number one Serena Williams of the United States 6-4, 6-4 in the second round before beating higher ranked player Elena Vesnina of Russia in the third round and fellow countrywoman Daniela Hantuchova in the quarterfinals.

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