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.

Grass has generally been Carla’s least successful surface, but the Spaniard has significantly improved on this surface in recent times. Suarez Navarro made it to the fourth round at SW19 last year, which will put extra pressure on the Spaniard this year. Suarez Navarro played a few tournaments in the least up to Wimbledon, in Mallorca Carla suffered a first round loss to Catherine Bellis whilst in Eastbourne Carla was beaten by Jelena Ostapenko in 3 sets in the second round.

Eugenie Bouchard’s greatest triumph came at SW19 in 2014 when she reached the final of the event. Bouchard has never been able to recapture that form but will be hopeful that Wimbledon 2017 could be the event that reignites her career. Bouchard also played a few tournaments in the lead-up to Wimbledon, both ended in first round losses, a three set loss to Francesca Schiavone in Mallorca and a three set loss to Barbora Strycova in Eastbourne. Clearly, not the ideal preparation for Bouchard.

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Suarez Navarro holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Bouchard. The most recent match between the pair took place in Rome in 2015, Suarez Navarro claimed an extremely hard-fought 6-7 7-5 7-6 win.

I’m going to go for the upset here. Bouchard’s recent form has been poor but this should be a good match-up for the Canadian and the surface certainly favors her in this match-up. Bouchard has the firepower to deal with Suarez Navarro, in many ways this match will all be about Bouchard. The Canadian is likely to raise her intensity for this match and I think she will produce a good enough level to claim the upset victory.

Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Carla Suarez Navarro in 3 sets

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