Beatrice Bouchard has lifted the lid on life living in the shadow of her twin sister - tennis star Eugenie.
While Eugenie Bouchard is a household name around the world for her tennis exploits and social media stardom, twin sister Beatrice is making a name of her own.
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While nothing compared to her sister’s 2.1 million fans, Beatrice has an impressive Instagram following of 365,000.
But the 26-year-old has spoken out about her twin in a rare interview, expressing her frustrations that people only know her as ‘Eugenie’s sister’.
“(I) have always been compared to my twin sister my whole life, and that is heavy, let me tell you, it’s heavy,” she said according to Essentially Sports.
“People come up to me (and say), ‘oh, you’re the sister! Oh hi, are you the sister of…? Can I take a picture with you? What’s your name? You’re the sister, right, but what’s your name?’”
Beatrice, who is actually slightly older than Eugenie, said she’s been living in her sister’s shadow for over 20 years.
“So just picture that for like, 20 years. You don’t even feel like your own person. I’m just the sister,” she said.
“I joke about it like, ‘oh yeah, I’m the sister, Nice to meet you. I don’t have a name. I’m the sister.’
“I’m just orbiting around my sister, I’m not my own. I’m six minutes older, I was born first. She’s my sister.”
The elder twin admitted that the constant labelling as Eugenie’s sister has affected her.
“I know it’s not meant in a malicious (sense), it’s not meant in a bad way,” she added.
“But that definitely affects my confidence. I’m just always, ‘oh my god, can someone say something different for once?’”
Genie Bouchard falls in Australian Open qualifying
Bouchard’s attempt to make for the Australian Open main draw failed in the second round of qualifiers on Tuesday.
The former World No.5 lost 6-2, 6-4 to Yue Yuan of China in Doha, where qualifiers are being held outside of Australia for the first time.
A former Wimbledon finalist, Bouchard has endured a stunning fall from grace in recent years, currently ranked World No.141.
Meanwhile Fran Jones, a remarkable British youngster with a rare congenital condition, defied doctors who said she’s never make it as a tennis player by qualifying for the Aussie grand slam.
The 20-year-old, who was born with only three fingers and a thumb on each hand, while having just three toes on her right foot and four on her left, won her final qualifying match in Dubai on Wednesday to book her Melbourne spot.
It left Jones, who has an extended family in Brisbane, to celebrate her finest moment in tennis by declaring her hope that she can be an inspiration to every aspiring sports person who has to fight against the odds.
“You could say I've proved the doctors wrong and a good few other people too,” said Jones, who has ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia syndrome.
“But I'm not bothered about proving people wrong. I'd much rather prove to people that 'YOU CAN'.
“I'm not playing out of revenge - I'm playing to have a positive impact on people who hopefully will read my story and take some positives.”
Jones qualified for her first grand slam with a crushing 6-0 6-1 victory over Lu Jia-Jing in just 61 minutes, which followed her victories over former world top-30 and top-100 players Monica Niculescu and Jana Fett.