'Princess' Eugenie aiming for Wimbledon coronation

Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:03pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Named after a British princess and tipped by John McEnroe as a Wimbledon queen-in-waiting, there are not many things that intimidate Eugenie Bouchard.

That was certainly the case on Monday as the Canadian 20-year-old made her debut outing this year on Wimbledon's famed Center Court in front of members of the British royal family and lapped up the adulation of the crowd as it rose to salute her 7-6(5) 7-5 win over Serena Williams's conqueror Alize Cornet.

"You can ask my coach or my parents or anyone that I can be a princess," a grinning Bouchard, the first Canadian to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals, told reporters.

"I can be moody in the morning. I'm not much of a morning person. My fitness trainer carries my tennis bag around, but that's because I want to save all my energy for the match.

"I can demand a few things once in a while, but I do it with love."

Bouchard, whose "royalist" parents named her Eugenie after one of the daughters of Britain's Prince Andrew, is a no-nonsense Canadian who has no time for any friends or superstitions on the tennis tour. Accordingly, she was totally unfazed by the spectre of facing the woman who had beaten pre-tournament favorite and world No.1 Williams 48 hours earlier.

Even when her single-minded pursuit of a quarter-final place was rudely interrupted by the weather while trailing 2-3 in the first set, she accepted it as merely another part of the unique Wimbledon adventure.

"I'm happy I got the experience of playing under the famous roof. I follow the roof on Twitter, and he's kind of funny. I hope he's proud of how I played today. He was looking down. Hopefully he enjoyed the match," Bouchard said.   Continued...

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts after defeating Alize Cornet of France in their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 30, 2014.REUTERS/Toby Melville