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Bouchard was the third Canadian woman to reach the Roland Garros quarter finals after Carling Bassett Seguso (1984, 1986) and Helen Kelesi (1988, 1989). Bouchard and Bassett Seguso are the only players to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam (Bassett Seguso, 1984 US Open).
Sharapova has an entourage which keeps her well insulated from the rest of the players on tour, so it's no surprise the pair have only a passing acquaintance.
The Russian star has a big edge in experience, but Bouchard has shown with her strong play of late that she won't be intimidated on court.
"For sure I respect her," Bouchard said. "But now we're in the semis of a Grand Slam, so I'm going to respect her but not put her too high on a pedestal and really just battle. That's what it's going to be.
The No. 18 seed is coming off an impressive three set victory over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in quarter final play Tuesday.
Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., will be competing in her second consecutive Grand Slam semifinal after losing to eventual champion Li Na earlier this year at the Australian Open.
"Of course she's a great champion, so to be seen as the next of someone who has won four Slams and has been No. 1 in the world, it's a compliment," she said. "But at the same time, of course I'm my own person and I just want to be myself on the court, and try and achieve what I want to achieve and just be seen as that."
Bouchard said that as a child, she was most interested in the older player's style.
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Bouchard's Twitter feed features a few pictures of the duo, including one from a 2002 tournament in Miami where a teenaged Sharapova was rising up the ranks and a young Bouchard was attending as a spectator.
For Bouchard, Sharapova represents nothing more than an formidable opponent on the clay. The 20 year old Canadian said she ignores comparisons between her and the 27 year old Russian.
Sharapova, seeded seventh and a four time Grand Slam champion, owns a 2 0 record over Bouchard. She beat the Wimbledon junior champion last year in Miami and in the second round at Roland Garros.
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It will be Sharapova's 18th career Grand Slam semifinal appearance.
"The first (thing) I noticed was her cute dresses and things like that when I was young," she said. "But of course, you know, achieving what she has Adizero Primeknit Boost Shoes Review
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she of course is very strong mentally.
"It is one of her strengths I think. I'm going to be ready for another battle, the semis of a Grand Slam, that's what you have to expect. I'm just looking forward to the challenge."
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"I will leave everything on court and just focus on myself and try my best to win."
"I thought what she was doing was so cool and I wanted to do the same thing."
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