Quebec City, QC – Crowd favorite Eugenie Bouchard upended second-seeded Kristina Mladenovic to advance to the semifinals of the $235,000 Bell Challenge tennis tournament.
The fifth-seeded Bouchard, a native of the Montreal suburb of Westmount, needed just an hour and 14 minutes to post a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Mladenovic Friday on the indoor carpet at PEPS on the campus of Laval University.
Bouchard earned a matchup with third-seeded Lucie Safarova, also an easy winner in Friday's quarterfinals. The Czech wild card handled American Lauren Davis by a 6-2, 6-4 count to move on.
Safarova will be seeking her second appearance in the championship of this event, having been the runner-up here in 2009.
Earlier in the day, American Christina McHale secured a berth in the semifinals after the New Jersey native overcame fellow non-seed Polona Hercog, of Slovenia, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
McHale, who will face New Zealand's Marina Erakovic in Saturday's final four, hadn't even reached a quarterfinal this year until this week -- her 18th tournament of 2013.
Meanwhile, the sixth seed and 2011 Quebec runner-up Erakovic came from behind to beat Croat Ajla Tomljanovic, 2-6, 6-1, 7-5, on Day 5.
The 2013 Bell Challenge champion will earn $40,000.