Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard will play in her first WTA semifinal after defeating Anna Tatishvili Thursday at a clay court tournament in France.
The 19-year-old Montreal native defeated the world No. 83 from Georgia 6-3, 6-2 in just over an hour at the Strasbourg International, a French Open tuneup event.
“I think I played pretty well today,” Bouchard said on the WTA website. “I tried to be aggressive, which worked well against her. I feel like I’ve been improving with every match I’ve been playing here, so I want to keep that going (Friday).
“This is my only European clay tournament before (the French Open), so it’s intended for preparation, but I still want to do well here.”
On Friday, Bouchard will meet Alize Cornet of France, who downed South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
Bouchard, ranked 93rd in the world, is the first Canadian to reach a WTA semifinal since Rebecca Marino in 2011 at Memphis.