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It seemed like a cruel punishment: It was Petra Kvitova's name, not hers, that was being put on the Venus Rosewater Dish that goes to the women's winner.
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didn't give me much of a chance, Bouchard said. when a player is on fire like that, there's not much you can do. British crowds and media have embraced the Canadian over the past two weeks not least because she is named after Princess Eugenie, a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II.
did see her in the box, Bouchard said. very happy that she came out. Disappointed I couldn't put on a better show for her, but I'd love to meet her, of course. It's the only person I'm named after. She's the only one in the world. absorbing such a heavy defeat, Bouchard can at least consider it a learning experience.
Yeah, it was a little odd, she said. sat down. I put my jacket on. Just reflected. I was in the engraver's room, so I was watching them work, wishing one day, dreaming that he'll write my name somewhere. on this day.
And who turned up to watch her from the front row of the Royal Box? Yes, the princess herself.
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was a big moment walking out onto Centre Court for a final, she said. have that experience now. I know what it feels like. I hope I can walk out to many more finals. That's the goal. will break into the top 10 of the world rankings on Monday for the first time. She'll be No. 7, the highest ever ranking for a Canadian player. Known for a steely determination, drive and ambition, Bouchard is looking for more.
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