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Chris Wilkinson is a former British No. 1, who now serves as a tennis commentator and as a coach for the LTA. He is ESPN.co.uk's resident expert, providing an exclusive view on the world of tennis.

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Bouchard is ready to rule the world

Chris Wilkinson July 4, 2014
Eugenie Bouchard: The real deal © Getty Images
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We are witnessing a change of guard in women's tennis and it is in the best state it's been in for a long time.

There are a lot of a new players coming through and this year's Wimbledon has shown the young blood is ready to challenge the established leadership of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Eugenie Bouchard, barely out of her teens, and 22-year-old Simona Halep went toe-to-toe in Thursday's semi-final and in these two youngsters, we have a rivalry that will run and run.

She has a relentless style and incredible self-belief

On Thursday, Bouchard simply played better than her. Halep, who reached the French Open final, will gain experience from this. Just look at Andy Murray, who played in four grand slam finals before finally making the breakthrough. Halep will have her day.

But Bouchard is not far away from a grand slam victory, even if it not this weekend, and I fully expect her to be world No.1 within the next couple of years.

What I like is her attitude towards the game. She holds her position on the baseline and is very aggressive - hitting the ball so well. She has a relentless go-for-it style and incredible self-belief. She is by no means a one-hit wonder; Bouchard is the future of women's tennis.

Bouchard plays Petra Kvitova, the 2011 champion, in the final. Let's not forget Kvitova is only 24. For me, the experience of having won at Wimbledon before will see the Czech player to glory - but Bouchard is the real deal and, like Halep, her time will come.

Serena Williams was taken ill during her doubles match, but she won't quit © Getty Images
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Serena will be back

The Serena Williams incident on Tuesday was baffling. She came out on to the court for her doubles match with sister Venus and then looked disoriented and struggled to hit the ball.

After withdrawing she spoke to the doctor and was told she had a virus, which explains her lack of coordination and dizziness, but it's strange that she even tried to start the match because she must have been feeling the effects prior to going out onto court.

I've never seen anything like it.

Some people were suggesting that she may even retire from the game - but there is no chance that will happen. Serena is still a great competitor and players still fear her. She's still hungry to win grand slams and this is just a blip. She will no doubt be back kicking everyone's arse at the US Open!

Chris Wilkinson is a former British No.1, who now serves as a tennis commentator and a coach for the LTA. He is ESPN.co.uk's resident expert, providing a unique view on the world of tennis.

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Chris Wilkinson is a former British No. 1, who now serves as a tennis commentator and as a coach for the LTA. He is ESPN.co.uk's resident expert, providing an exclusive view on the world of tennis. Chris Wilkinson is a former British No. 1, who now serves as a tennis commentator and as a coach for the LTA. He is ESPN.co.uk's resident expert, providing an exclusive view on the world of tennis.