Eugenie Bouchard posed for photos with Maria Sharapova as a child, but the now 20-year-old is hardly dazzled as she prepares to face the four-time Grand Slam champion in Thursday's French Open semifinal.
An official with TAB Sportsbet, Australia's largest bookmaker, told ESPN.com that it will pay out $196,000 U.S. dollars for a $435 parlay bet one of its clients made for both Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na to win the Australian Open title.
They weren't supposed to be here, but we're glad they are. An Australian Open full of surprises has left us with a delightful final matchup between Li Na, who considered retirement last summer, and No. 20 seed Dominika Cibulkova.
The top three women's seeds have been vanquished, thanks to Agnieszka Radwanska's brilliant upset of No. 2 Victoria Azarenka on Wednesday, but those remaining are playing compelling tennis heading into the semifinals.
Eugenie Bouchard's legion of fans at the Australian Open cheered her on to a quarterfinal victory against Ana Ivanovic and likely will be plenty vocal when the Canadian teenager faces Li Na in the semifinals.