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Halep and Bouchard progress

Simona Halep will play Eugenie Bouchard in this year’s Wimbledon semi-finals following victories over Sabine Lisicki and Angelique Kerber respectively.

Romanian Halep suffered a slow start against her German counterpart by dropping the opening three games, but she finished on a high by securing the final 11 games to secure a 6-4 6-0 triumph.

Halep was in danger of dropping the opening set after falling 4-1 down to Lisicki but the 19th seed German struggled with her serve and had 20 unforced errors, compared to Halep's 11.

Lisicki won only eight of 26 points on her second serve, meaning the agressive Romanian went for winners when the opportunity arose.

In the end 2013 finalist Lisicki succumbed in just 57 minutes. It is the first time a Romanian woman has reached the semi-finals at Wembledon.

Bouchard of Canada also secured a straight-sets victory, although she was made to work a little harder for the success against Kerber. Her 6-3 6-4 triumph now means a final-four showdown against Halep on Thursday.

The 20-year-old survived four break points at 3-3 in the opening set and it proved a pivotal moment as she then tucked into Kerber's weak serve in the next game to stretch ahead.

She looked to be racing away with the match when she moved 4-1 ahead in the second but Kerber, who downed Maria Sharapova the previous day, dug deep and came within a point of levelling the set at 5-5 as Bouchard faltered slightly.

The 13th seed responded in style though with a flurry of winners and sealed victory when Kerber hooked a forehand wide.