Genie Is In The Final, Raonic Falls In The Semis

The popularity of tennis across Canada is on the rise thanks to the success of the country’s best tennis stars in the Grand Slam tournaments this season.  Genie Bouchard and Milos Raonic are the country’s ambassadors on the court, and made Canadian history this week by qualifying for the semifinals at Wimbledon.

Never in the history of Wimbledon have one, but two Canadians played in the semifinals of the UK match.  History was redefined even more yesterday when Genie crushed the world’s number three seed Simona Halep to advance to the Wimbledon women’s final on Saturday.

Playing in her first Grand Slam final has made Genie an international sensation, with fans betting on the 20 year old Canadian becoming number one in the world within the year.  She is guaranteed to break through the top 10 in the world standings, and could bring home the Wimbledon trophy if all goes well in Saturday’s grand finale.

Unfortunately Genie will not be joined by her Canadian male counterpart Raonic.  The 23 year old number 6 seed faced off against Roger Federer in the semifinals, but was bested by the 16 time Grand Slam champion in three sets with scores of 6-4.

Like Genie, Raonic is becoming one of the next generation of tennis superstars.  However, the men’s singles is still largely dominated by the ‘Big Four’ including Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal – who collectively won 35 of the previous 37 Grand Slams dating back to 2005.

Raonic will have another chance at a Grand Slam title during the US Open later this summer.  But Canadians are fully behind Genie as she makes her move for the Wimbledon trophy this weekend.  Has she got any magic left to win?