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Bouchard rises to 12th in the world

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According to the Canadian Press on Monday, Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal, Quebec has moved from 16th to 12th in the world after her strong performance at the 2014 French Open where she advanced to the semi-finals. This is now the second consecutive major that Bouchard has advanced to the semi-finals of a grand slam women's tennis tournament as she also reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open this past January.

At the 2014 French Open, Bouchard beat Shahar Peer of Israel 6-0, 6-2 in the first round, Julia Georges of Germany 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the second round, Johanna Larsson of Sweden 7-5, 6-4 in the third round, Angelique Kerber of Germany in the fourth round 6-1, 6-2 and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-6, 2-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

Bouchard then lost to 2012 French Open champion Maria Sharapova 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the semi-finals. Sharapova, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist from Russia, then went on to beat Simona Halep of Romania 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 in Saturday's final.

The fact that Bouchard, who is only 20 years of age, is significant. She is a rising star on the WTA and has posted two of the finest results ever by a Canadian woman in an international women's grand slam tennis tournament. The only other Canadian woman who has advanced to the semi-final of a major tennis tournament is Carling Bassett-Seguso of Toronto, who advanced to the semi-final of the 1984 U.S. Open.

The other matter that Canadian tennis fans should keep in mind is that Bouchard has played exceptionally well on clay, the same surface that will probably be used for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Clay is also the surface that Bouchard played on when she has won her only WTA event, at the Nuremberg Cup in Germany this past May, where she beat Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the final.



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