Thursday at Wimbledon gave us both semifinal matches on the women's side, with a former champion winning her match to advance to the final while a Canadian will make her first ever appearance in a final match at a Grand Slam.
Petra Kvitova got things going in the opening match, taking down Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 6-1 in a dominant performance especially considering that Safarova hadn't dropped a single set the entire tournament before Thursday.
Kvitova was able to get into Safarova's serve early in the match, breaking her in the opening game and after winning that first set tiebreaker, cruised in the second set, breaking Safarova twice to take full advantage of the match and move on to the Wimbledon final.
Eugenie Bouchard, the 20-year-old Canadian who just two years ago was winning the junior title at Wimbledon, took down Simona Halep 7-6 (5), 6-2 to become the first ever Canadian to make it to a Wimbledon final.
Bouchard didn't get off to the start she wanted, but Halep had to take a medical timeout to get her ankle taped and never seemed the same, struggling with her serve in the second set. Bouchard saw six break points in that second set, won two of them, and despite a bit of nerves at the end of the match, was able to win with a bit more ease than most expected.
Now comes a final that matches up the 2011 Wimbledon champion against the future of women's tennis. Kvitova holds a 1-0 career record against Bouchard, beating her in straight sets in Toronto a year ago.
"I never say I'm surprised, it's been years in the making." — Eugenie Bouchard on her first ever Grand Slam final appearance
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— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) July 3, 2014
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek celebrate their quarterfinal win in men's doubles at Wimbledon.
Day 11 at Wimbledon gives us the men's semifinal matches, with Novak Djokovic taking on Grigor Dimitrov and Roger Federer coming on after to match up against Milos Raonic for a spot in the final.
Federer is looking to make his ninth Wimbledon final, while Djokovic is going for his third final at the All England Club and fourth in his last five Grand Slam starts.