Halep, Bouchard reach Wimbledon semis

The Sports NetworkJuly 1, 2014 

London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Rising stars Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard will meet in the semifinals at Wimbledon after winning quarterfinal matches in straight sets on Wednesday.

The third-seeded French Open runner-up Halep won the last 11 games to beat last year's Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki, the 19th seed, 6-4, 6-0 in 57 minutes on the famed Centre Court.

The German Lisicki, who is now 1-2 in her career Wimbledon semis, lost to France's Marion Bartoli in last year's finale here.

The 13th-seeded Canadian Bouchard reached her third straight Grand Slam semifinal with a 6-3, 6-4 upset victory over ninth-seeded German left-hander Angelique Kerber at the All England Club.

The 22-year-old Romanian Halep and 20-year-old Bouchard have reached at least the quarterfinals at all three Grand Slams so far this year -- the only players to have done so. And Bouchard is the only woman to reach the semis at all three majors in 2014.

Halep is 1-0 versus Bouchard, with the win coming at Indian Wells back in March.

Thursday's other semifinal will pit sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova against 23rd- seeded fellow Czech left-hander Lucie Safarova. Kvitova titled here in 2011 and was also a semifinalist in 2010. Safarova will perform in her first-ever Grand Slam semi in her 37th major event.

The formidable 24-year-old Kvitova is a perfect 5-0 lifetime against the 27- year-old Safarova, with four of the meetings coming this year already, including a win on grass in Eastbourne just two weeks ago.

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