Australian Open, R2 Prediction
?? (16) Serena Williams vs. ?? Eugenie Bouchard
Serena Williams and Eugenie Bouchard are set to do battle at a Grand Slam for the first time at Melbourne Park on Thursday. Whilst there will be a lot of hype about this match-up, it is unlikely to be very pretty in reality. Williams made a clinical start to the tournament and should have little issues getting past Bouchard. This is not a good match-up for Bouchard and she has rarely played against top players in recent times so her true level may well be exposed here.
Importantly, Williams served very, very well in her opening round match in Melbourne. When Williams is serving well, everything else follows. Williams can often be rusty to start a tournament but that was not the case here, a bad sign for her opponents. If Williams produces a similar level against Bouchard she will win easily. Bouchard’s serve is not consistent enough to keep up with Williams and she can’t defend well enough to consistently put pressure on Williams for the baseline.