Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard came back from a set down against an injured opponent to set up an Australian Open tennis semifinal with China’s Li Na. Tomas Berdych eliminated No. 3 seed David Ferrer in the men’s draw.
Bouchard, seeded 30th, won 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 against No. 14 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, who took an injury timeout late in the second set for a hip problem and seemed limited in her movement after returning to the court.
Seventh seed Berdych beat Ferrer 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 and will next meet the winner of today’s other quarterfinal between four-time champion Novak Djokovic, the second seed, and No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka.
Bouchard, 19, who needed two hours, 24 minutes to eliminate Ivanovic, had never before advanced past the third round of a Grand Slam tournament.
“It’s something I’ve been doing since I was five years old and working my whole life for and sacrificing a lot of things for,” Bouchard told reporters. “So it’s not exactly a surprise. I always expect myself to do well.”
Ivanovic had defeated top-seed Serena Williams of the U.S. in the fourth round.
“I had a few very emotional wins, so today I really felt I was a little bit flat,” Ivanovic said in a news conference. “Obviously it’s very disappointing the way it ended.”
Bouchard’s next opponent, Li Na, has reached the Australian Open semifinals four times in the last five years. Li, 31, who is seeded fourth, won 6-2, 6-2 in 66 minutes against 28th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy.
By defeating Spain’s Ferrer in three hours, Berdych of the Czech Republic ended a streak of three straight quarterfinal defeats in Melbourne. He has now reached the last four of each of the four Grand Slams.
“It was extremely tough,” Berdych, 28, said, according to the ATP men’s tour website. “After losing the third set I was really not playing my best.”