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could have lost her focus after the
fourth game of her Wimbledon
semifinal yesterday, when play
was delayed for five minutes dur-
ing Simona Halep s medical time-
out for a left ankle injury.
Bouchard also could have gotten
sidetracked when action was halted
again, smack-dab in the middle of
a tiebreaker, because an ill spectator
was being attended to in the Centre
And everything really could have
unraveled for Bouchard later, as she
let match point after match point
slip away. Able to steel herself time
and again, the singular-of-purpose
Bouchard became Canada s first
Grand Slam finalist by beating
French Open runner-up Halep 7-
6 (5), 6-2 at the All England Club.
"I m able to not worry about the
distractions," the 20-year-old
Bouchard said. "What I do well is
I really don t let it get to me or
In only her sixth major tourna-
ment, the 13th-seeded Bouchard
will play for the championship Sat-
urday against 2011 Wimbledon win-
ner Petra Kvitova. The sixth-seeded
Kvitova defeated No 23 Lucie
Safarova 7-6 (6), 6-1 in the first
all-Czech women s Slam semifi-
"I know how (it feels) when you
hold the trophy," Kvitova said, "so
I really want to win my second title
here, and I will do everything (so)
Waiting in a hallway before walk-
ing on court, Kvitova and Safarova
chatted, a pair of longtime friends
who train at the same club back
home. From six-all in the tiebreaker,
Kvitova won 31 of 48 points the
rest of the way, using her overpow-
ering serve and forehand that work
so well on grass to improve to 6-
0 against Safarova.
In a year that zero American men
or women reached Wimbledon s
round of 16 for the first time in 103
years, another Canadian, Milos
Raonic, will try join Bouchard as a
finalist. The men s semifinals today
are old guard versus new guard
matchups: seven-time champion
Roger Federer against Raonic, and
top-seeded Novak Djokovic against
As of now, the 24-year-old Kvi-
tova is the only man or woman
born in the 1990s to win a Grand
Slam title. If Bouchard becomes
the second, she also would be the
youngest major champion since
Maria Sharapova was 19 at the 2006
"It s what I ve worked so long
for," Bouchard said, without a hint
Yes, Bouchard is clearly in a
hurry---and, by the looks of her
muted post-victory reaction, didn t
appear all that thrilled to get past
the third-seeded Halep, who twist-
ed her ankle in the early going and
got it taped by a trainer.
"I feel like my job is not done
here," Bouchard said, "so there s no
need for a huge celebration."
Taking the ball early while stand-
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has
asked Shakib Al Hasan to join the pre-
liminary squad, which began its train-
ing camp on Tuesday.
Shakib was on his way to Barbados
to participate in the Caribbean Premier
League (CPL) and will return to Dhaka
from London over the weekend.
"Shakib has been told to join the
camp immediately," BCB s acting CEO
Nizamuddin Chowdhury said. Chowd-
hury did not mention why the all-
rounder was asked to return or whether
he will be released in time for the start
of CPL, from July 11.
It is understood though that a deci-
sion on this matter will be taken at a
board meeting on July 7, as there is a
lack of clarity regarding the No-Objec-
tion Certificate Shakib was supposed
to have obtained from the BCB to par-
ticipate in the West Indies league.
Shakib had set out for Barbados to
play the entire tournament for the Bar-
bados Tridents and was expected to
join Bangladesh in mid-August, in time
for the side s series against West Indies.
Barbados last game of the season is
scheduled for August 10 while the CPL
final is on August 16. Bangladesh begin
their West Indies tour with the ODI
series, which starts on August 20.
Shakib played all eight games for
Barbados Tridents in the inaugural sea-
son of the CPL last year, ending up as
the second highest wicket-taker in the
competition behind Krishmar Santok-
ie.In its July board meeting, the BCB
is also likely to decide on the issue of
Shakib s alleged altercation with a spec-
tator during a recent ODI against India
in Mirpur. Shakib had attended a BCB
hearing over an alleged row with a man
who was apparently harassing his wife.
While the allrounder said he did not
hit the spectator, Shakib could be pun-
ished for leaving the team dressing
room during an international game.
Shakib asked to join
ing at the baseline, ending points quickly
with flat groundstrokes, she reached the
semifinals at the Australian Open and
French Open this year before losing to
the eventual champions.
"I totally feel like I belong," Bouchard
Halep led 3-2 in the tiebreaker when
chair umpire Kader Nouni noticed some-
thing was wrong with a woman in a
lower-tier seat---it was the warmest day
of the tournament, topping 75 degrees
(24 Celsius)---and waved both players
to the sideline. After a four-minute break,
Halep went ahead 4-2. But on the next
point, Bouchard hit a net-cord win-
ner---"a lucky ball," Halep called it.
Bouchard took four of the next five
points, too, closing the set with a swing-
ing forehand volley.
"I lost, a little bit, my concentration,"
Her opponent did not.
"She s pretty calm, always composed,"
said Bouchard s mother, Julie Leclair,
who sat two seats away from Bouchard s
pal, "Big Bang Theory" actor Jim Par-
sons, in the player s guest box.
"She s been working for this since
she was four-and-a-half years old,"
Leclair said. "She just goes out every
day, trying to be the best she can be."
Bouchard s first match point came
while ahead 5-1 in the second set, and
Halep serving at 15-40. A fan yelled,
Bouchard tried to call time and let her
guard down, allowing Halep to hit an
81 mph (131 kph) ace.
Bouchard tried to persuade Nouni to
let them replay the point, but he didn t.
Two more match points came and went
in that game.
Then, serving for the match, Bouchard
wasted two more chances to end things,
before finally converting her sixth match
point with a 99 mph (160 kph) service
"It s not, like, a surprise to me,"
Bouchard said. "I expect good results
like this." (AP)
Bouchard gives Canada a
Slam finalist at Wimbledon
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates winning the first set as she plays against
Simona Halep of Romania during their women's singles semifinal match at the All
England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, yesterday. Bouchard
won 7-6 (5), 6-2. AP PHOTO
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