Eugenie Bouchard, Petra Kvitova to clash for Wimbledon crown

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Wimbledon, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Eugenie Bouchard reached her first Grand Slam final with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over third seed Simona Halep in Thursday’s clash between two of the WTA’s brightest stars at Wimbledon.

In the final, Bouchard will face 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who was too strong for Lucie Safarova, 7-6(6), 6-1. Their only previous meeting came last summer in Toronto, where Kvitova prevailed in straight sets.

Bouchard took the first set via tiebreak as Halep required a medical timeout only four games in (2-2) after injuring her left ankle while chasing the ball.

Bouchard stormed to a 5-1 lead in the second set and ultimately converted on a sixth match point when Halep misfired short on one final backhand return.

Bouchard tallied 23 errors and 20 winners, while Halep had 23 miscues and only 13 winners.

“It was a little crazy – I’ve never really ended a match like that,” Bouchard said. “I’m just happy I kept my focus and didn’t get distracted or anything and played well in the last game.”

Meanwhile, Kvitova reached her second Wimbledon final after beating fellow Czech and friend Safarova in one hour and 20 minutes.

After a close first set, Kvitova raced to a 5-1 lead before closing out the win by converting her first match point.

Kvitova is now a perfect 6-0 lifetime against the 27-year-old Safarova, with five of the meetings coming this year.

“I’ve got two days to go until the final. I will just try my best out there,” Kvitova said of her upcoming match with Bouchard. “I know the feeling when you hold the trophy and I really want to win my second title here and I will do everything that I can.”

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