TOKYO -- Montreals Eugenie Bouchard was unable to continue her string of big wins at the Pan Pacific Open, but she impressed American veteran Venus Williams in their quarter-final match Thursday. Williams defeated the Canadian 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, but she acknowledged that Bouchard made it difficult for her. "She played so well," Williams said. "Shes going to be a great player -- shes already a great player -- and it was just a fight to the end." Bouchard called Williams a "legend." "I watched her when I was younger," she said on the WTAs website. "Shes a legend and a really great player. So I was really excited to play against her -- but I didnt take my chances enough, and against a player like Venus you need to." The 19-year-old Bouchard put Williams on notice when she built a 3-1 lead. Williams fought back to break the teenager three times in the first meeting of their careers. In the second set, Bouchard capitalized on her second set point, winning the tiebreak 7-4. "I was just fighting until the end," Williams said. "It was disappointing to lose the second set, but to win the third set is the goal, so Im happy." Bouchard had upset sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday, a day after ousting No. 8 Sloane Stephens of the U.S. "Im always disappointed to lose -- I played some good matches here, but I always want to do better," Bouchard said. "I dont think I played as well as I can, but obviously Venus is a great player and she put a lot of pressure on me throughout the whole match. I never really felt in control on the court." Bouchard, making her debut in the Tokyo tournament, is 46th in the world rankings. Williams will face Petra Kvitova in the semis. The seventh-seeded Czech beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-1. Also, fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to set up a semifinal with fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, who ousted second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-4. Wozniacki and Kerber are 3-3 head to head. Wozniacki won their semifinal at Indian Wells in March. cheap nfl jerseys. -- Jaye Marie Green shot a course-record 10-under 62 on Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. nfl jerseys china. Donaldson, chasing a first career victory, shot a 6-under 65 to head the leaderboard at 14 under, one shot clear of Westwood with McIlroy a further stroke back in third. http://www.cheapnfljerseysbest.us/. Brad Jacobs, skip of Canadas national champions and world silver medallists, is among the dozen men who posed for a "2014 Men of Curling Calendar," released Tuesday. cheap jerseys from china.J. -- Another standout game by James Reimer, a couple of good bounces of the puck, and great penalty killing has the Toronto Maple Leafs inching closer to their first playoff berth in nine years. wholesale jerseys. The result is a reflection on the nostalgia of playing hockey on frozen ponds growing up in Parry Sound, Ont.MONTREAL -- Rachel Homan and her Canada rink placed three players on the first all-star team at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian Curling Association announced Saturday. Homan got the nod as skip with second Alison Kreviazuk and third Emma Miskew also making the team. Nova Scotia lead Teri Lake, who curled 99 per cent, also made the squad. The second team had skip Chelsea Carey of Manitoba, lead Morgan Court of Ontario and two from Saskatchewan -- seecond Sherri Singler and third Sherry Anderson.dddddddddddd The all-star squads were picked only on the players statistics, especially shooting percentages, during the event. Anderson, who is at her seventh Scotties, was also given the Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award as voted by her fellow curlers. Linda Moore, a former world champion and Olympic gold medallist who now does colour commentary on television, was handed the Joan Mead Builder Award. ' ' '
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