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Tennis: Bouchard topples Jankovic to reach semis

Sixth-seeded Eugenie Bouchard notched one of the biggest wins of her career Friday, reaching the semi-finals of the WTA Family Circle Cup by toppling world number eight Jelena Jankovic. The 20-year-old Canadian outlasted former world number one Jankovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a rematch from last year's quarter-finals at this green claycourt event. Jankovic won that one, but has now lost two out of three matches against rising star Bouchard. "I knew in the second set my game wasn't where I wanted it to be," Bouchard said.

Tennis: Bouchard topples Jankovic to reach semis

Sixth seeded Eugenie Bouchard booked her spot in the semi-finals by toppling former champion Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at the WTA Tour's Family Circle Cup tournament on Friday. The 20-year-old Canadian outlasted second seed Jankovic in a rematch from last year's quarter-finals at this event. Jankovic won that one but has now lost two out of three matches against Bouchard. Bouchard blasted two aces and won 65 percent of her first serve points in the two hour and two minute match at the claycourt tournament.

Tennis: Li makes most of 'second life' to make final

China's Li Na made the most of her "second life" at the Australian Open to brush aside Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard and sweep into another Grand Slam final Thursday. The fourth seed ended the 19-year-old's inspiring run at Melbourne Park 6-2, 6-4 and will play Slovak 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova in Saturday's decider. Li, 31, has consistently been a solid performer on Melbourne's plexicushion courts over the last five years, now reaching three finals, as well as another semi-final and the fourth round.

Tennis: Li makes most of 'second life' to make final

China's Li Na made the most of her "second life" at the Australian Open to brush aside Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard and sweep into another Grand Slam final Thursday. The fourth seed ended the 19-year-old's inspiring run at Melbourne Park 6-2, 6-4 and will play Slovak 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova in Saturday's decider. Li, 31, has consistently been a solid performer on Melbourne's plexicushion courts over the last five years, now reaching three finals, as well as another semi-final and the fourth round.

Tennis: Li ends Bouchard dream to make Aussie final

China's Li Na swept into her second consecutive Australian Open final on Thursday, using her all experience to brush aside Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets. The fourth seed ended the 19-year-old's inspiring run at Melbourne Park 6-2, 6-4 and will play either fifth seed Agniezska Radwanska or 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova in Saturday's final. Li, 31, has consistently been a solid performer on Melbourne's plexicushion courts over the last five years, now reaching three finals, as well as another semi-final and the fourth round.

Li beats Bouchard to make Australian Open final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - China's Li Na advanced to her second successive Australian Open final with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday. The 19-year-old Bouchard had advanced to her first grand slam semi-final after an impressive run through the tournament, which included a victory over former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic. The experienced Li never allowed Bouchard to settle in the opening exchanges, taking a 5-0 lead that allowed her to seal the first set in 28 minutes.

Bouchard's play modestly catches sports fans' attention in hockey-mad hometown

MONTREAL - Not only has Montreal's Eugenie Bouchard won over tennis fans with her impressive run at the Australian Open — she's even made a minor dent in her hockey-loving hometown's spectator-sports scene. One of the city's best-known sports bars has already reserved 120 seats for Bouchard's semifinal match Wednesday night against China's Li Na — and the manager is expecting nearly twice that many people to show up for the event. Johnny Nunes of Champs Bar said he's never seen so much interest in a tennis match. "I have a feeling it's going to be fun," he said.

'Belieber' Bouchard beats Ivanovic to set up Li semi

By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard kept her poise in the biggest match of her life to oust Ana Ivanovic in a three-set thriller and set up an Australian Open semi-final against China's Li Na on Tuesday. Li dispatched Italy's Flavia Pennetta 6-2 6-2 in just over an hour in the first quarter-final of the day on Rod Laver Arena to reach the last four for the fourth time in five years at Melbourne Park.

Tennis: Hotshot Bouchard ready for her big moment

Teen hotshot Eugenie Bouchard might be only 19 but she's supremely confident and she was not surprised to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open at her first attempt Tuesday. The Canadian, who upset former world number one Ana Ivanovic, first picked up a tennis racquet when she was five and has been working towards her big moment ever since. "It's something I've been doing since I was five years old and working my whole life for and sacrificing a lot of things for," she said, after beating the Serb 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 to set up a semi-final with fourth seed Li Na.

Tennis: Teen Bouchard hits big-time with Ivanovic upset

Supremely confident teenager Eugenie Bouchard reinforced her status as one of the game's most exciting prospects by upsetting Ana Ivanovic to reach the Australian Open semi-finals Tuesday. The 19-year-old Canadian, the WTA's newcomer of the year in 2013, showed composure to come from a set down and beat the 14th-ranked Serb 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 and set up a last-four clash with Li Na. It was all the more remarkable in that she is making her tournament debut, with the victory forecast to push her into the world's top 20 when the new rankings are released next week.
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