Taiwan Open, Taipei City R2 Preview
?? Ana Bogdan vs ?? (wc) Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard continues her Taiwan Open campaign on Thursday evening where she comes up against the in-form Ana Bogdan. Bouchard got lucky in her opening round match in Taipei City, the Canadian trailed Lin Zhu in the opening round but her opponent eventually gave in to injury which gave Bouchard a lifeline in the tournament. Bouchard will need to raise her level if she is to get past Ana Bogdan, the Romanian is in the form of her life and is fresh off eliminating the top seed in the opening round.
Ana Bogdan had never previously won a Grand Slam main draw match heading into last month’s Australian Open. Therefore, it was a big achievement for Bogdan to reach the third round at Melbourne Park. Bogdan seemingly received a big boost in confidence after that win. The 25-year-old started her Taiwan Open campaign in style, defeating the top seeded Shuai Peng 6-4 6-1. Bogdan’s serve was particularly impressive, the Romanian’s serve was not broken all match.
Eugenie Bouchard secured her spot in the second round courtesy of a 1-6 7-5 2-0 win over Lin Zhu. Bouchard was totally outplayed early but Lin Zhu broke down towards the end of the second set, eventually retiring early in the third set.
This will be the first career meeting between the pair.