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Thursday at Wimbledon

Two of the rising stars of the women's game, Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard, meet in the semi-finals of Wimbledon on Thursday.

Romanian Halep and Canada's Bouchard have been in sparkling form all year and are the only players to have reached at least the last eight of all three grand slams so far.

French Open finalist Halep, the third seed, came back from losing the first three games of her quarter-final to trounce last year's runner-up Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-0.

Not to be outdone, 13th seed Bouchard overcame her ninth-seeded opponent Angelique Kerber - who shocked Centre Court with a victory over Maria Sharapova on Tuesday - 6-3 6-4.

"It's tough to think that I can win a grand slam title still," said Halep. "It doesn't matter if I was very close in French Open. Here it is another tournament, and I just want to be focused every match.

"My dream is to win a grand slam title, but it is not easy. Now I feel more prepared that I can win a title than at the French Open.

"So maybe here it will happen, but I am still very far away."

They have met once previously, Halep winning in three sets at Indian Wells earlier this year.

The first semi-final is an all-Czech affair between former champion Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova

Kvitova's Wimbledon victory in 2011 is the only grand slam win among the remaining quartet and - despite the fact world No 23 Safarova has yet to drop a set at the tournament - she will start as strong favourite.

The duo know each other well; sixth seed Kvitova has won all five previous meetings, most recently a three-set affair on the grass at Eastbourne last month.