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I'll take my chance, says history-maker Bouchard

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LONDON, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Eugenie Bouchard on Friday said she is ready to go for it when she takes on sixth seed Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic in the Wimbledon women's singles final on Sunday.

"I am proud of what I accomplished, but the job is not over. I play a solid, aggressive game, one that's well-suited for grass. So I wnat to try to take my chances, not kind of wait till someone gives it to me," said Bouchard at a pre-match conference on Friday.

The world number 13 has made history by becoming the first Canadian, male or female and all-time, to reach a Grand Slam final. And also, Bouchard is going to break the Top 10 and rise to at least No. 7 after this.

Bouchard is projected to rise from No.13 to No.7 on the WTA rankings if she loses in the final and up to No. 6 if she wins. Regardless of what happens, she'll not only make her Top 10 debut, she'll pass former world No. 8 Carling Bassett-Seguso to become Canada's highest-ranked player in WTA history.

"I looked up to great players. They didn't have to be Canadian, and they weren't Canadian because there weren't any. I remember watching Steffi Graf, watching Maria Sharapova when she won this title. I wanted to do the exact same thing."

Kvitova beat Bouchard in their only previous meeting, in the second round of Toronto last summer. The score of 6-3, 6-2 was deceiving, with every set being close and the match lasted an hour and 26 minutes.

Bouchard said of her rival: "I know she's a really good player. I'm looking forward to having my toughest match at Wimbledon yet. It's going to be a big occasion. It's a new situation for me. She's already been in a final and won it."

"But I'm going to go out and really try to go for it and take my chances. I know I'll have really tough opposition. That's what you have to expect in a Grand Slam final. I'm really looking forward to it."

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