• Mon
  • Dec 22, 2014
  • Updated: 4:01am
SportTennis
TENNIS

Eugenie Bouchard is craving to be crowned Wimbledon queen

Canadian will only be too happy to receive Venus Rosewater dish as reward for her meteoric rise

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 July, 2014, 9:13pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 July, 2014, 12:55am

Eugenie Bouchard insists she will only be satisfied with her meteoric rise if she is crowned queen of Wimbledon in Saturday's final against former champion Petra Kvitova.

Bouchard's royalty-obsessed mother named the 20-year-old Canadian 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 inquiries from the UK media during her march to a first grand slam final and the 13th seed would love a royal audience with the Duchess of Kent, who presents the Venus Rosewater dish awarded to the women's singles champion at the All England club.

I'm waiting for a big moment to go nuts ... achieving a lifelong dream like winning a slam is very exciting to me
Eugenie Bouchard

And if she does lift the trophy, the ice-cool Bouchard may finally let her emotions pour out.

After falling at the semi-final stage of both the Australian and French Opens this year, Bouchard - who is booked to play in the inaugural Prudential Hong Kong Open at Victoria Park in September - could have been forgiven for embarking on a jubilant celebration following her 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 victory over world No 3 Simona Halep in Thursday's last-four clash on Centre Court.

But like the royals idolised by her mother, Bouchard carries herself with a serene disposition and when she finally clinched victory on her sixth match point, she only briefly raised her arms and gave a small fist pump.

Bouchard, the junior Wimbledon champion only two years ago, holds herself to high standards and becoming the first Canadian to reach a grand slam final is nothing more than she expected, so she will save any real celebrations for if she wins the title this weekend.

"I'm waiting for a big moment to go nuts," Bouchard said. "Of course, achieving a lifelong dream like winning a slam is very exciting to me. But I feel like my job is not done here.

"There's no need for a huge celebration because I'm still working. I still have another match.

"But it's not a surprise to me. I expect good results like this. So for me, I was like, 'Okay, good'. It's a step in the right direction."

Bouchard's breakthrough performance has recalled memories of Maria Sharapova, who rocked the tennis world by beating Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final at 17 in 2004.

A decade later, the effervescent blonde seems set to inherit Sharapova's mantle as the most marketable player of her generation. Although happy to accept flattering comparisons with the five-time grand slam champion, she prefers to be seen as more than a clone of the Russian.

"I see it as a compliment to be compared to someone like Sharapova who has won five slams," she said. "She's a great champion, so I see it in a positive light.

"But I'm also my own person, I don't want to be the next someone else. I want to be the first of me. I want to be my own individual person. I'll try to make my own history."

In Bouchard's way is sixth seed Kvitova, who is back to her best after a barren period, dismissing compatriot Lucie Safarova 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 in the semi-finals.

Share

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Login

SCMP.com Account

or