Elise Mertens vs. Eugenie Bouchard, Montreal R1 Preview

🇨🇦 Rogers Cup, Montreal R1 Preview
🇧🇪 (14) Elise Mertens vs. 🇨🇦 (wc) Eugenie Bouchard

The face of Canadian tennis will begin her Rogers Cup campaign on Tuesday, Eugenie Bouchard will face a tough test when she takes on the 14th seeded Elise Mertens. This has been a good match-up for Mertens in the past and the Belgian has been one of the most consistent players on tour in 2018, does Bouchard have it in her to step it up and o cause a big upset at home?

Elise Mertens of Belgium in action during her quarter-final match at the 2018 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Elise Mertens started her North American hard court swing in style last week as she reached the semi-finals in San Jose. A noteworthy straight set win over Johanna Konta was the highlight of the week in San Jose, however the week did end in disappointment as Mertens seemed to break down physically in her semi-final loss to Mihaela Buzarnescu from a set up. It will be interesting to see where Mertens is at physically in Montreal.

Eugenie Bouchard has dropped down to the ITF level of late, playing a couple of lower level tournaments on clay after Wimbledon. Bouchard will begin her North American hard court swing in Montreal, the Rogers Cup has typically not been a successful tournament for Bouchard, she has struggled to deal with the pressure and attention she receives when playing at home.

Mertens crushed Bouchard in their only previous meeting at the tour level, a 6-2 6-0 win on grass in s-Hertogenbosch in 2016. More recently, Mertens defeated Bouchard 6-4 6-4 at the Hopman cup in January this year.

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Eugenie Bouchard vs Oceane Dodin, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R1 Preview
🇨🇦 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?

Eugenie Bouchard vs Angelique Kerber, Hopman Cup Preview

Hopman Cup Preview, Canada vs Germany
🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard vs 🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber

Eugenie Bouchard and Angelique Kerber made contrasting starts to their Hopman Cup campaigns. Bouchard was pretty disappointing in a straight set loss to Daria Gavrilova whilst Kerber won a high level encounter over Elise Mertens in 2 tight sets. Interestingly, it is Bouchard who has had a lot of success in this match-up, Bouchard holds a 4-2 head-to-head record.

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Eugenie Bouchard was uncompetitive for the most part in her opening match at the Hopman Cup. Gavrilova defeated Burchard 6-1 6-4, the Aussie made the Canadian look second-rate for the majority of the match. Bouchard is clearly still lacking in confidence, Bouchard has lost 12 of her last 14 matches.

Angelique Kerber made an impressive debut at the Hopman Cup. Kerber got Germany off to a winning start by claiming an impressive 7-6 7-6 win over Elise Mertens. It was a very high quality encounter, Kerber was the tougher of the two in the critical moments, experience seemed to get Kerber over the line. Kerber also won the deciding mixed doubles tie alongside Alexander Zverev.

Bouchard has won 4 of the last 5 matches against Kerber, a surprising record given where these two stand in the game. Most recently, Bouchard led Kerber 6-3 5-0 in Madrid last year before the German retired. Kerber will be determined to turn her poor record against Bouchard again, can she get the better of the Canadian in Perth?

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Daria Gavrilova vs Eugenie Bouchard, Hopman Cup Preview

Hopman Cup, Australia vs Canada

🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova vs 🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard

Daria Gavrilova and Eugenie Bouchard will begin their 2018 campaign’s on Sunday when they do battle at the Hopman Cup in Perth. Gavrilova, a former champion at the Hopman Cup, had a strong finish to the 2017 season and will be looking to reach new heights in 2018. Conversely, Eugenie Bouchard’s career continues to head in the wrong direction. 2018 looms as a critical year for Bouchard, as it seems more and more likely that we have already seen the best of the Canadian.

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Gavrilova has been a regular at the Hopman Cup of the last couple of years, the Aussie has used the event as a springboard for successful Australian Open campaigns. Gavrilova will be looking to take the next step at Melbourne Park in 2018, the 23-year-old is looking to reach the quarter-final stage at the Australian Open for the first time after back-to-back fourth round appearances.

Bouchard had a terrible ending to the 2017 season and heads into 2018 with little momentum or confidence. Bouchard lost 11 of her last 13 matches in 2017 which saw her end the year ranked 83 in the world. Bouchard’s commitment to the game continues to be questioned, the 23-year-old’s results are doing very little to prove the doubters wrong. With a guaranteed 3 matches to play in Perth, Bouchard will have a decent chance to find a much needed boost in form to kickstart her 2018 season.

Bouchard holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Gavrilova. The pair haven’t met since 2013 where Gavrilova defeated Bouchard 7-6 7-6 at the qualifying stage of the Australian Open. Despite Bouchard leading the head-to-head record, it is Gavrilova who enters this match as a strong favourite.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Eugenie Bouchard, Hong Kong R1 Preview

Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, Preview + Prediction
R1: (3) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki vs 🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard

Caroline Wozniacki will begin her title defense at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open with a potentially tricky first round clash against Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard. Wozniacki’s 55 match victories in 2017 is higher than any other player, whilst Eugenie Bouchard has had a very disappointing year, amassing an 11/18 win/loss record. Form points to a comprehensive Wozniacki victory, However it was Bouchard who won their only previous match and does have the weapons to damage the Dane in this match-up.

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Eugenie Bouchard vs Evgeniya Rodina, U.S Open R1 Preview

US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R1 Preview + Prediction
🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard vs 🇷🇺 Evgeniya Rodina

Eugenie Bouchard will begin her 2017 U.S Open campaign on Tuesday, second up on Grandstand Court against Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina. Bouchard is having another horrific year and has one last chance to turn her fortunes around at a major event in 2017. Bouchard’s opening round clash in New York with Rodina looms as a very pleasant draw for the Canadian. Rodina has been eliminated at the opening round stage of all three Grand Slam events this year. There is no excuse for Bouchard to lose this match.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Eugenie Bouchard, New Haven R2 Preview

Connecticut Open, 🇺🇸🏫 New Haven preview + prediction
R2: (1) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs (wc) 🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard

Agnieszka Radwanska and Eugenie Bouchard will open the night session on Tuesday at the Connecticut Open. Radwanska is the defending champion in New Haven this week and will desperately want to replicate the form that saw her win the title in 2016 as she looks to gain much needed momentum heading into the final Grand slam of the year next week. Radwanska has a perfect record over Bouchard, the Pole has won all three of their previous matches, all in straight sets. Can Bouchard turn things around here?

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Carla Suarez Navarro vs Eugenie Bouchard, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓 Day 1, R1 Match Preview:
(25) 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro vs 🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard

The pick of the opening round clashes as SW19 on day 1 sees Carla Suarez Navarro come up against Eugenie Bouchard. This match-up, on this surface should suite the Canadian, however Bouchard’s form has been extremely erratic in recent times whilst Suarez Navarro is one of the most consistent players on tour. Suarez Navarro holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Bouchard and won their previous match on a grass court. This looms as a close match, it will be interesting to see which Bouchard shows up for this one.

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Anastasija Sevastova vs Eugenie Bouchard, Roland Garros R2 Preview

Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R2 Preview + Prediction
(17) 🇱🇻 Anastasija Sevastova vs 🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard

2014 Roland Garros semi-finalist Eugenie Bouchard continues her 2017 Paris campaign on Thursday when she takes on the 17th seeded Anastasija Sevastova in the second round at Roland Garros. Bouchard made a slow start to her opening round match but eventually rallied to come from a set down to defeat Risa Ozaki. The Canadian can’t afford a similar slow start in her second round clash with Sevastova, the Latvian has been in great form in the lead-up to Paris and is probably playing the best tennis of her career at the moment.

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Risa Ozaki vs Eugenie Bouchard, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R1 Preview + Prediction
🇯🇵 Risa Ozaki vs 🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard will begin her 2017 Roland Garros campaign on Tuesday with a first clash against Japan’s Risa Ozaki. Bouchard has generally underachieved in 2017, however she looked to turn a corner a few weeks ago in Madrid where she won one of the matches of the year against Maria Sharapova on route to a quarter-final exit. Risa Ozaki looms as a good first round draw for Bouchard, an opponent she should be beating.

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