Bouchard ready to reign
6:39pm Monday 30th June 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Eugenie Bouchard was named after a princess but wants to become this year's Wimbledon queen.
The Canadian marched into the quarter-finals on Monday with another impressive display as she beat Alize Cornet under the roof on Centre Court.
The 20-year-old won 7-6 (7/5) 7-5, recovering from a break down in the second set against the Frenchwoman who knocked out world number one Serena Williams.
Victory kept her on course to reach a third successive grand slam semi-final, but Bouchard has greater ambitions.
Bouchard and her twin sister Beatrice were named after the daughters of the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson by their royalist mother Julie.
The Wimbledon junior champion in 2012 happily admits she can act like a princess off court too, but there remains a steely determination to fulfil her undoubted potential on it.
"You can ask my coach or my parents or anyone that I can be a princess," Bouchard said with a smile.
"I mean, they are not horrible, but I can be moody in the morning. I am not so much of a morning person.
"My fitness trainer carries my tennis bag around, but that is so I don't get tired because I want to save all my energy for the match.
"Sure I can demand a few things once in a while, but I do it with love."
Bouchard, who was watched on from the Royal Box by the Countess of Wessex among other guests, is growing in confidence and experience, gained in no small part from her runs to the last four at the Australian and French Opens.
"I have learned a lot. The main thing is the confidence I have added since the beginning of the year. I believe in myself. Every match I play, I believe I can win," she said.
"I have proved to myself I can play on the big stage as well. I have played on centre courts at most of the slams, in big moments, in big matches.
"I am proud of the way I can handle it out there, and that is an important thing in tennis because you want to get to those big moments in matches."