Raonic, Bouchard spearhead Canada's unprecedented success

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard beat Angelique Kerber to advance to the semifinals at...

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard beat Angelique Kerber to advance to the semifinals at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Fellow Canadian Milos Raonic also advanced to the semis after he beat Nick Kyrgios. (Glyn Kirk/AFP)

MIKE KOREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:02 PM ET

For what seemed like forever, Canada was a minnow in tennis — the country’s best players regularly out of Grand Slams well before the second week of action.

Well, if two semifinalists at the biggest tournament in tennis don’t change a country’s international reputation, nothing will.

Milos Raonic delivered the double, enjoying a long-awaited breakthrough to join seemingly regular final-four competitor Eugenie Bouchard in the semifinals at Wimbledon.

Granted, Raonic and Bouchard got some good fortune with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal sent packing before possible confrontations, but that’s a mere footnote in Canada, where this kind of success is unprecedented.

Raonic survived an early scare to beat upstart Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4), while Bouchard reached her third consecutive Grand Slam semi with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 9 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany.


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