Wimbledon 2014: Eugenie Bouchard expecting ‘toughest-match ever’

Wimbledon 2014: Eugenie Bouchard is expecting her "toughest-match ever" against Simona Halep after reaching last four

Eugenie Bouchard will face Simona Halep in Wimbledon last four

Eugenie Bouchard is expecting her “toughest-match ever” against Simona Halep in her Wimbledon semi-final after beating Angelique Kerber in straight sets.

The Canadian 13th seed, who beat Serena Williams’s conqueror Alize Cornet in the previous round, reach her third Major semi-final of the year after a 6-3 6-4 win against Kerber.

Leave it all out on the court. It’s the semis, so I’m going to expect the toughest match everE

Eugenie Bouchard

Third seed Halep, who is the top-ranked seed left in the SW19 draw, won their only previous encounter in three sets earlier this year at Indian Wells – and Bouchard is anticipating a challenging last-four match.

Bouchard said: “We had a good match at Indian Wells. I felt like I had chances, was really close, and just lost that one.

“I learned a little bit about her game. She’s playing really well. She can change direction really well on the court.

“So I’m going to be ready for that. Really just try to go for it and take my chances.

“Leave it all out on the court. It’s the semis, so I’m going to expect the toughest match ever.”

Bouchard also gave an insight into her preparation for Thursday’s match, as the 13th seed readies herself to play back-to-back for the first time this tournament.

“We play back to back now. That’s the first time that’s happened this tournament,” Bouchard added.

“I’m just going to rest for the rest of the day. It’s good. I’m always excited to play the next round, so I’m happy to play tomorrow. Really want to just enjoy the moment as much as possible.

“It’s not every day you can walk out on Centre Court and play the semis of a slam. That’s the most important thing for me, is to really enjoy it. I’m going to try, give it my best, leave everything on the court, and we’ll see what happens.”

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