Bouchard closing in on Bassett as Canada's best

Eugenie Bouchard reacts during her French Open semifinal match against Maria Sharapova in Paris,...

Eugenie Bouchard reacts during her French Open semifinal match against Maria Sharapova in Paris, June 5, 2014. (VINCENT KESSLER/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 11:29 PM ET

Only Carling Bassett stands between Eugenie Bouchard and Canadian history.

Bouchard, fresh off a semifinal appearance in the French Open, jumped four spots to a career-best world ranking of No. 12 Monday. She is the second-highest ranked Canadian female tennis player in history, trailing only Bassett, who topped out at No. 8 in 1985.

The 20-year-old from Westmount, Que., passed Helen Kelesi to become the second-highest ranked Canadian woman. Kelesi's best was No. 13, reached in 1989.

Bouchard is not playing this week.

Maria Sharapova, who knocked Bouchard out of the French Open en route to the title, improved three places to six in fifth. Simona Halep, the runner-up in Paris, moved to third, behind No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 2. Li Na.

In the men's rankings, Canadian Milos Raonic remained ninth after making it to the French Open quarterfinals. Raonic, seeded third at the ATP 250 tournament behind Rafael Nadal (No.1) and Roger Federer, will play wild card Peter Gojowczyk of Germany in the second round after receiving a first-round bye.


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