She became the first Canadian woman in 14 years to advance to the Round of 16, then becoming the first Canadian woman since 1992 to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final. On Monday evening at the Australian Open, Eugenie Bouchard took her game to another level.
In her quarter-final matchup, the 19-year-old Bouchard took on former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, fresh off her upset of tournament No. 1 Serena Williams. While she definitely had the support of Canadians on her side, Bouchard knew she was in tough against the Serbian and found that out in the first set, falling 5-7. But that's when the 30th-ranked Bouchard turned a corner.
After another duel in the second set, Bouchard took it 7-5 setting up a third-set tiebreak.
In the third set, Bouchard took control, winning 6-2, taking the match over Ivanovic in just under two-and-a-half hours.
With the win, the Montreal native becomes just the second Canadian woman to reach the semis of a Grand Slam joining Toronto's Carling Bassett who reached the final four at the 1984 US Open.
"We had a tough match, she was playing well at times," Bouchard told the media following her victory. "When she did there was not much I could do. I kept fighting, played aggressive and stepped it up in the second and third sets.
"The most important thing is to enjoy it out there and that's what I've been doing. I tried to stay calm and go for my short, that's when I play my best."
While Ivanovic was repeated treated for a thigh injury during the match, Bouchard's win is considered an upset. Whatever you want to call it, though, the Montrealer is riding high heading into the final four at Melbourne.
Next up for the Canadian is No. 4 Li Na of China who defeated Flavia Pennetta in her quarter-final matchup, 6-2,6-2.