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🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard vs 🇫🇷 Oceane Dodin
Two talented but erratic players will do battle at the opening round stage of the Australian Open as Eugenie Bouchard comes up against Oceane Dodin. Bouchard and Dodin are both under great pressure heading into 2018, both ladies have under-achieved in recent years, both enter the Australian Open without a win to their name in 2018.
Eugenie Bouchard enters this year’s Australian Open on a 9-match losing streak. Bouchard is deprived of confidence on court, the Canadian’s results are progressively getting worse and worse over the last couple of years. There is great pressure on Bouchard to turn her results around as she currently viewed by most as the most overrated player on tour (mostly be the media).
Oceane Dodin is yet to play a match in 2018. Like Bouchard, The Frenchwoman has also struggled to live up to expectations in recent times. Dodin showed glimpses of what she is capable of in 2017 but she continues to majorly struggle with inconsistency within matches, match to match and between tournaments.
This will be the first career meeting between Bouchard and Dodin. Both players love to step inside the court and dominate from the baseline. Dodin is particularly aggressive, meaning Bouchard will have to adapt her game in this match-up and be more of a counter-puncher. Can the Canadian break her losing streak and advance to the second round in Melbourne?