Stills From SW19: Semifinal Thursday
WTA Rising Stars Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep squared off in one Wimbledon semifinal, while Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova also faced off for a spot in the final.
Published July 03, 2014 12:10
Fellow Czech lefties and friends Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova were similarly attired for their semifinal clash.
Kvitova was very efficient on her net approaches Thursday, winning all five of them.
Safarova was almost as productive when she came in, winning five of six points at the net.
Competing in her first Grand Slam semifinal, Safarova pushed Kvitova to a first set tie-break.
But Kvitova pulled out the tie-break and then cruised through the second set for a 7-6(6), 6-1 victory.
The Fed Cup teammates shared a warm embrace at the conclusion of the match.
Up next was World No.3 Simona Halep in her first Wimbledon semifinal against Eugenie Bouchard.
Bouchard was the only player to compete in the semifinals in each of the year's first three Grand Slams.
Each player broke serve once in a tight first set, but Bouchard won it in a tie-break.
Twenty-year-old Canadian Bouchard fired 20 winners during the match.
It was a muted celebration for Bouchard after converting on her sixth match point for a 7-6(5), 6-2 triumph.
Bouchard and fellow WTA Rising Star Halep after Bouchard secured entry into her first Grand Slam final.