Eugenie Bouchard prepared for showdown with experienced Maria Sharapova in French Open 2014 semi-final

Can Eugenie pull through? Yes with lots of variety to unbalance Sharapova

National Post | Sports

PARIS — Eugenie Bouchard looked up to Russia’s Maria Sharapova when the Canadian was first getting started in the sport.

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Now she’ll get a chance to meet her in a Grand Slam semi-final.

Bouchard and Sharapova are scheduled to meet Thursday at the French Open with a spot in the women’s singles championship on the line. The Russian star has a big edge in experience, but Bouchard has shown with her strong play of late that she won’t be intimidated on court.

“For sure I respect her,” Bouchard said. “But now we’re in the semis of a Grand Slam, so I’m going to respect her but not put her too high on a pedestal and really just battle. That’s what it’s going to be.

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