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Bouchard happy to be held up by William and Kate

Eugenie Bouchard admitted one of her character flaws is impatience.

But she was happy to wait “in awe” as Prince William and his wife Catherine passed by at Wimbledon.

The 20-year-old Canadian, widely expected to succeed Maria Sharapova as the multi-million dollar poster girl of women’s tennis, made her first semi-final at the All England Club on Wednesday.

She beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals, AFP reported.

But her entrance on to Court One was delayed when security men ensured she and opponent Angelique Kerber stood to the side so that William and Kate could take their seats in the Centre Court Royal Box.

“It was funny, when we walked out at five to one from the members’ locker room, all these security guards rushed over to us and were like, ‘Nobody move’,” said Bouchard.

Royal sighting

“Move your bags to the side. There’s some Royals coming through. We’re like, okay, you know.

“So we were just waiting, and then suddenly William and Kate walk by to go on Centre Court. I was a little bit in awe. That was my Royal sighting of the day.”

Bouchard has spent large parts of her post-match Wimbledon duties answering questions on the British royal family.

That is hardly surprising given that she and twin sister Beatrice were named after the daughters of Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II.

Princess Beatrice was also in the Royal Box on Wednesday.

Bouchard will rise into the top ten for the first time in her career next week after making her third semi-final at the Grand Slams this year.

Source: AFP

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