Genie Still Has Her Magic On The Court

She was in the semifinals at the Australian Open.  She followed that up with a semifinal finish at the French Open.  Now Canada’s favourite tennis star Genie Bouchard has reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, with no signs of slowing things down.

Genie’s semifinal experience allowed her to reach number 13 in the rankings on the Association of Tennis Professionals, and increased her betting odds heading into Wimbledon.  In her final match to qualify for the quarterfinals, Genie served up against Alize Cornet for the right to move onto the next round.

Still only 20 years old, Genie looked very comfortable on the court against Cornet, using her Grand Slam experience to stay focused on the match.  She went down 3-2 in the opening set before making a comeback to win 7-6, and later made an even greater comeback while down 5-3 for a 7-5 final score in the second set to reach the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, Genie will meet 9th seed Angelique Kerber in a match to reach the semifinals.  Kerber defeated French Open champion Maria Sharapova in a thrilling match to reach the quarterfinals.  Had Sharapova won, the court would have been set for a French Open semifinal rematch where Genie would have had a chance at revenge.

Kerber will be a serious challenge for Genie who admits that she will be up against her greatest challenge at Wimbledon against the 26 year old.  But for the moment, the Quebec born Genie gets to celebrate becoming the first Canadian tennis player to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in a singles tournament.

“This is what I’ve worked so hard for.  I want to take another step, I want to keep going.”

Genie reached the Grand Slam semifinals twice so far this season, and she could be a safe bet to make that accomplishment a three-peat.  But for her loyal following of Canadian and international tennis fans, an even greater accomplishment would be reaching, if not winning the Wimbledon final.