Wimbledon 2014 Results: Analyzing Thursday's Semifinal Scores

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Wimbledon 2014 Results: Analyzing Thursday's Semifinal Scores
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The biggest names didn't advance to the finals of the women's draw at Wimbledon, but at least one of them could be a mainstay in Grand Slam finals for many years.

After two weeks of exhilarating tennis, the finals are set, and it could be one heck of a finish.

Here's a look at the route Eugenie Bouchard and Petra Kvitova took to the finals.

 

Kvitova Handles Lucie Safarova

The all-Czech women's semifinal was competitive in the first set. Safarova was able to utilize quality forehands to keep the 2011 Wimbledon champion on her toes. Ultimately, Kvitova's experience and intensity were the difference.

The 24-year-old from Bilovec willed her way to victory through the tough first set and coasted in the second frame. The final tally was 7-6 (8-6), 6-1.

In the finals, Kvitova will again have the edge in experience, and she won the prior meeting against Bouchard. However, she isn't playing the best of the two.

 

Bouchard Makes History on Blistering Run

For now, Bouchard is shocking folks in the tennis world with her accomplishments.

Don't expect people to be amazed for long. Bouchard is one of the fastest-rising young tennis players in the world. She hasn't dropped a set on her way to the Wimbledon final, and the dominance continued on Thursday when Bouchard broke the will of Simona Halep.

Like Kvitova, Bouchard had a tough challenge with her opponent early on. Bouchard took the first set in a tiebreaker, but the second set was more of a breeze.

She even shook off a less-than-favorable decision from the chair umpire in the second set to finish off a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win.

Bouchard is confident, capable and on a mission. Can she defeat Kvitova and make more Canadian history? She clearly knows it'll be a difficult task.

Despite the experience advantage, Bouchard seems primed to make Wimbledon her coming out party. She's the smart pick to win on Saturday.

 

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