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By Chris Oddo, Tuesday, September 24, 2013


It's been a great year for Canada's Eugenie Bouchard. The 19-year-old has risen in the rankings to her current perch at No. 46 in the world. She's reached two semifinals, and, after tonight's 7-5, 6-2 victory over Jelena Jankovic at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan, she has her second career win against a top 10 player.

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All of that is great, but can any of it really compare to this defensive lob that Bouchard threw up over Jankovic's head during the first game of the second set of their match last night? We don't think so. What does one even call that shot? It's not a forehand, and it's not really a backhand either. How about slackhand?

Well, whatever you call it, the shot was remarkable. Things, quite clearly are going well for the young Canadian, and based on her aggressive, feisty game and ferocious footwork, things could get even better by the end of the week.

Bouchard will face either Venus Williams or Simona Halep for a shot at her second consecutive semifinal on Thursday in Tokyo.


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