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Eugenie Bouchard to play Maria Sharapova in French Open

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Eugenie Bouchard is set to play her idol, Maria Sharapova, after beating Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals.

Bouchard, who becomes the first Canadian to reach the semi-finals of the French Open, trailed in each of the three sets, before finding her form towards the finale to take the opening and final set of the encounter.

The Canadian is now on a nine-game winning streak stretching back to the WTA event in Rome and will hope that her experience in reaching the Australian Open semi-final earlier this year can see her reach her first Grand Slam final.

She looks to have a challenge on her hands where Sharapova is concerned though, as her form in the last few years at Roland Garros has been outstanding. Winning the title in 2012 to complete a career Grand Slam, she came close to retaining the title last year, when she took Serena Williams to three sets and was narrowly beaten.

Reaching the semi-finals for the third consecutive year after a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, the Russian will be looking to add further success, eyeing an open draw without the likes of Williams, Victoria Azarenka or Li Na.

Simona Halep is highly underrated though and was the only tour player to win events on all four surfaces last year, meaning she could be potentially a tough opponent for any of the remain women. She faces a semi-final match up against two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won the French Open back in 2009. 

For Bouchard though, it poses an opportunity to notch her first win against Sharapova who won both their previous encounters. She will be looking to avenge her semi defeat to Li Na at the Australian Open and will be desperate to win against a player she idolised growing up.

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