London: Eugenie Bouchard insists she will only be satisfied with her meteoric rise if she is crowned queen of Wimbledon in today's final against former champion Petra Kvitova.
Eugenie Bouchard during a training session yesterday. Pic/AFP
Bouchard's royalty-obsessed mother named the 20-year-old Canadian after the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II's second son, while her sister is named after Beatrice, Andrew's elder daughter.
Those regal connections have earned Bouchard plenty of intrigued enquires from the British media throughout her march to a first Grand Slam final and the 13th seed would dearly 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.
And if she does lift the trophy, the ice-cool Bouchard may finally let her emotions pour out. 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 today.
'Job is not over'
"I'm proud of what I've accomplished, but the job is not over. I started playing tennis at five years old and I was nine when I decided I wanted to do it professionally. Since that age I dreamt of winning a Grand Slam," she said.