Malaysian Open QF: (6) Eugenie Bouchard vs Cagla Buyukakcay
Eugenie Bouchard’s Malaysian Open campaign will continue on Friday when the Canadian comes up against Cagla Buyukakcay at the quarter-final stage in Kuala Lumpur. Bouchard is building some nice momentum with Indian Wells and Miami just around the corner and will look to build on that momentum with another victory here.
Eugenie Bouchard has stormed through her first two matches in Kuala Lumpur without being troubled. The Canadian recorded a 6-3 6-1 victory over Ling Zhang in her opening round match before breezing past Kurumi Nara with a 6-1 6-2 triumph. Bouchard desperately needs all the points she can get right now or she risks entering all the major events in the coming months unseeded.
Cagla Buyukakcay is having a good couple of weeks. Buyukakcay recorded an impressive victory over Lucie Safarova in Doha last week on route to the third round and is now into a rare WTA level quarter-final courtesy of straight set victories over Laura Siegemund and Kai-Chen Chang. Buyukakcay will enter her quarter-final match with nothing to lose and will be confident she can compete well given her form.
This will be the first ever meeting between Bouchard and Buyukakcay. This is likely to be Bouchard’s biggest test of the tournament thus far but she is still clearly a class above her opponent and should be too good here. Bouchard is building towards her best tennis and I don’t see any reason why she would take a big step backwards here.