PARIS, France - WTA Rising Star Eugenie Bouchard came back from the brink to defeat Carla Suárez Navarro, 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-5, at Roland Garros on Friday to reach her second consecutive Grand Slam semifinal.
Despite her tender years, Bouchard has already proved a number of times her big match temperament. In the fourth round, she exhibited this quality once more, putting on a clay court masterclass to see off Angelique Kerber and set up a meeting with the gifted Suárez Navarro.
The Turning Point
After two see-saw sets, it looked like the final swing of the pendulum was going to take Suárez Navarro through to her maiden Grand Slam semifinal. But having built a 4-1 lead in the decider, Suárez Navarro tightened up, and she was punished for her more conservative approach when the Canadian pegged her back.
At 5-5, a terrific drive volley brought Bouchard the chance to move ahead, which she snapped up with another pin-point return. There was still time for more drama, as a couple of overrules from the umpire and a double fault held up the victory celebrations, before she finally made it across the finish line at the third time of asking when Suárez Navarro netted a backhand.
"I want to thank everyone here for creating such a great atmosphere," Bouchard said after the match. "I didn't expect to play such a tough match. She played really well and is a great clay court player.
"At the end of the third set I thought I was getting the upper hand began to believe that I could win. I'm just excited to be in the semifinals and to stay a little longer in Paris. I'm just going to enjoy myself in the semifinals."