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WIMBLEDON WATCH: Royal interruption for Bouchard


LONDON (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard was minutes away from walking out for her quarterfinal match against Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon on Wednesday when she found herself in the middle of a royal moment: Prince William, second in line to the British throne, was in the house with his wife Kate.

“It was funny, when we walked out at five to 1 of the members’ locker room, all these security guards rushed over to us and were like, `Nobody move. Move your bags to the side. There’s some royals coming through.’ We’re like, OK.’

“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 her own royal connections. Her mother named her and her twin sister, Beatrice, after the daughters of Prince Andrew and former wife Sarah Ferguson.

Bouchard, playing on No. 1 Court, won in straight sets to become the first Canadian woman to reach a semifinal at Wimbledon.

– By Dennis Passa –

THUMBS UP: With 37 Grand Slam singles titles among them, a quintet of Australian greats held court at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Ken Rosewall (12 majors), Rod Laver (11), John Newcombe (7), Ashley Cooper (4), and Neale Fraser (3) spent most of their time talking about an Aussie kid, Nick Kyrgios, who hasn’t won one yet.

It will have to wait for another year after the 19-year-old wild card-entry, who upset Rafael Nadal in the fourth round, lost to Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Speaking before the Raonic match, Fraser, Australia’s former Davis Cup captain, called Kyrgios the “real deal” and said he’s the best thing to hit Australian tennis in 20 or 30 years.

Laver said he was impressed with the progression of Kyrgios and his confidence levels, while Newcombe, who has done commentary on all of Kyrgios’ matches here for Australian television, said the 144th-ranked teen was not only “getting better with every match, but with every set.”

Rosewall recalled playing his first Centre Court match at Wimbledon in 1952 as a 17-year-old, and said he was impressed with Kyrgios in his debut there on Tuesday.

“I know how intimidating it was to be on the Centre Court at that stage,” Rosewall said. “I think it was an amazing performance.”

– By Dennis Passa –

Wimbledon Watch follows tennis’ grass-court Grand Slam tournament in London as seen by journalists from The Associated Press. It will be updated throughout the day.