Eugenie Bouchard vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sydney QF Preview

Apia International, Sydney Quarter-Final #2
(wc) Eugenie Bouchard vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Eugenie Bouchard and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova are two ladies that have failed to live up to their expectations in the last few seasons. Both will be looking to reignite their careers in 2017 and both have made a positive start to achieving this goal at the Apia International in Sydney. Wednesday’s quarter-final will be the first ever meeting between Bouchard and Pavlyuchenkova and it promises to be a fascinating one. 

Eugenie Bouchard secured her spot in the final 8 in Sydney with one of her best performances in recent memory. The Canadian produced some scintillating tennis to ease past the third seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-4 6-3. Bouchard is working her way into some good form this week in Sydney, Bouchard also claimed a straight set win over Shuai Zhang in the first round. The quick conditions in Sydney seem to suit Bouchard’s game quite nicely.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also produced one of her best performances in recent times to reach the quarter-final stage in Sydney. The Russian claimed a rare win over Svetlana Kuznetsova, a fairly comfortable 7-5 6-3 victory. Pavlyuchenkova also recorded a straight set win over Sam Stosur this week. The Russian has looked incredibly strong form the baseline and is always looking to move forward when she can. Her ability to serve out the match against Kuznetsova and Stosur with relative ease was a good sign.

This will be the first career meeting between Bouchard and Pavlyuchenkova. This is a very tough match to call, initially I would go with Pavlyuchenkova but Bouchard played very well against Cibulkova. If Bouchard plays at a similar level here she should get the win, but that is a big if given Bouchard’s recent struggles. This match will be played during the heat of the day, very difficult conditions. I have a feeling Bouchard will maintain a high level and get the win here.

Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in 3 sets


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