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Eugenie's Royal wish

Bouchard still on course to be crowned queen of Wimbledon

Eugenie Bouchard was named after a princess, but wants to become this year's Wimbledon queen.

The Canadian marched into the quarter-finals 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 No.1 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.

"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 because you want to get to those big moments in matches."

Bouchard describes her mother as "like a closet royalist", but she is happy with her given name.

"My younger sister is Charlotte. My younger brother is William, like Prince William," she said.

"I'm proud with the way I fought out there," added Bouchard, who next plays Angelique Kerber or Maria Sharapova.

"I am very excited about reaching the quarter-finals, but I need to stay focused.

"This is what I have worked so hard for, but I cannot get carried away and distracted."

However, French Open champion Sharapova faces a hectic schedule if she is to be champion again after being frustrated by the weather.

The battle between the 2004 Wimbledon champion and Angelique Kerber, the third scheduled for Court One, was carried over until today due to rain delays.

Tournament officials decided shortly before 8pm there was a significant chance of it not finishing before nightfall following the conclusion of Grigor Dimitrov's victory over Leonardo Mayer.

It means Sharapova or Kerber face the daunting possibility of playing in the fourth round today, the quarter-finals on Wednesday, and the semi-finals on Thursday, before taking a day off prior to Saturday's final.

Following a couple of hours' rain delay during the afternoon, 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska was another leading seed to be knocked out, losing in straight sets to Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

The fourth seed trailed 3-6 0-5 with a last-eight place at stake when rain forced a suspension. Makarova, seeded 22, broke the Polish fourth seed on the resumption to reach her fourth Grand Slam quarter-final.

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