Beijing R1: (13) Andrea Petkovic vs Eugenie Bouchard
An interesting first round match at the China Open on Monday sees the 13th seeded German Andrea Petkovic come up against Eugenie Bouchard. The Canadian will be competing in her first tournament since the U.S Open where her campaign was cut short due to a concussion. Andrea Petkovic’s recent form has been quite lacklustre, Eugenie Bouchard will see this a very winnable clash.
Andrea Petkovic arrives in Beijing arrives in on the back of 3 consecutive losses, including first round exits in Guangzhou and Wuhan. The German suffered a straight set loss to Monica Puig in Guangzhou before succumbing to Johanna Konta in straight sets in the first round in Wuhan. Andrea Petkovic is not in contention to reach Singapore but she is still a chance to reach Zhuhai with a couple of victories in Beijing.
Eugenie Bouchard recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since Indian Wells at the U.S Open, where she picked up hard-fought victories over Riske, Hercog and Cibulkova before being forced to withdraw from her fourth round clash with Roberta Vinci due to a concussion which she obtained due to an unfortunate call in the locker room. Bouchard arrived in Wuhan last week expecting to play her first tournament since the U.S Open but was unable to compete due to her concussion symptoms reappearing. Hopefully Bouchard will be right to play some good tennis in Beijing, her last chance to make a big impact in season 2015.
Andrea Petkovic holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Eugenie Bouchard, the German won the first three encounters between the pair but it was the Canadian who emerged victorious in their most recent encounter. Bouchard recorded a 6-3 6-4 victory over Petkovic on route to the final at Wimbledon last year. I like Eugenie’s chances in this match, the quicker conditions in Beijing should suit the Canadian and will not favour the German. Bouchard has the ability to dominate Petkovic on a quicker surface, but Genie must serve well.