Sharapova subdues Canada's Bouchard to reach French final

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts during her women's semi-final match against Maria Sharapova of...

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts during her women's semi-final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 5, 2014. (REUTERS)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:04 PM ET

Much has been said about Maria Sharapova being a role model for Canada’s rising tennis star, Eugenie Bouchard.

Bouchard wears her clothes line. The 20-year-old mimics her game, her looks, her tenacity. Both are hooked up with Nike, so there is that connection.

But a mentor and companion? Not now. Not ever, and after Thursday’s semi-final at Roland Garros, Bouchard can’t be feeling any more chummy with the woman whose place she is expected to usurp on the grand stage of tennis.

Sharapova, at least for now, remains queen; Bouchard mostly a princess-in-waiting, after falling 6-4, 6-7, 2-6 in a match that showed both to be irrepressible, if at times flawed.

It made for enthralling drama. Each opened the door for the other to step through. Each found ways to slam that door shut.

The match turned on two key moments. The first came when Bouchard allowed a 40-love lead in a second-set game to slip away, setting Sharapova up for another classic comeback.


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