Regal Bouchard's quest to be queen of Wimbledon
Canadian's mum is royalty obsessed and the new glamour girl is on track to be crowned
Eugenie Bouchard - the new glamour girl of tennis - moved a step closer to being crowned the queen of Wimbledon as the Canadian on Wednesday booked a semi-final showdown with Simona Halep.
Bouchard's royalty obsessed mother named the 20-year-old after the younger daughter of Britain's Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's second son, while her sister is named after Beatrice, Andrew's elder daughter.
Those regal connections have earned Bouchard plenty of intrigued inquires from the British media over the last fortnight and the 13th seed looks in the mood for a royal audience with the Duchess of Kent, who traditionally presents the Venus Rosewater dish awarded to the women's singles champion at the All England Club.
Bouchard ensured a move into the world top 10 by beating Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.
Romanian Halep continued her impressive season by marching into the semi-finals with a businesslike 6-4, 6-0 victory over last year's runner-up Sabine Lisicki of Germany.
For Bouchard, victory also meant that the 20-year-old has reached the last-four of all three grand slams held so far this year.
The blonde Canadian 13th seed had already defeated the ninth-seeded Kerber at the French Open last month.
And she was rarely threatened on Wednesday on Court One where Kerber, a semi-finalist in 2012, was still feeling the effects of her marathon fourth-round win over Maria Sharapova 24 hours earlier.
"It was definitely a tough battle. I've played her a few times and it's always been tough, so I knew it wasn't over. I tried to keep fighting and thankfully I did it in the end," said Bouchard.
"I've been working hard to stay mentally in the moment. I made a few bad errors but I came up with enough winners at the right time."
The Canadian swept through the first set on a sun-kissed Court One hitting a confident 13 winners to the German left-hander's four. She then raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set before the 26-year-old Kerber rallied back to trail 4-5.
Kerber had two break points in the 10th game which Bouchard saved before victory was sealed when the German went wide with a crosscourt forehand.
The former Wimbledon junior champion finished the 72-minute encounter with four aces and 29 winners in a testament to her offensive and positive approach to her career.
"Halep is a very good player, third in the world. I'm definitely excited to be in the semi-finals and I want to go one step further," she said.
Halep, beaten finalist at last month's French Open, has climbed to third in the rankings this year by virtue of career-best results at consecutive grand slams and was in no mood to ease up against Lisicki, the 19th-seeded German.
Lisicki had gone on the attack with some big serves and ferocious ground strokes to race into a 4-1 lead. But Halep showed her mettle to pull back to 4-4. Lisicki seemed to sense she had missed a golden opportunity, allowing the Romanian to give her the runaround from the baseline and reel off the next eight games to seal a place in the last four.
"I have more confidence now and the secret is just to enjoy every match. I feel happy on court and I'm moving well," said Halep.
Agence France-Presse, Reuters