Hobart QF: Eugenie Bouchard vs (2) Camila Giorgi
A fascinating quarter-final match-up at the Hobart International features Eugenie Bouchard and Camila Giorgi. Eugenie and Camila are both widely regarded as two ladies with great potential but both had relatively disappointing seasons in 2015 and will be looking to make a significant jump in the rankings in 2016. This looms as an important match for both ladies, a victory in a match like this would give either lady a boost of confidence heading into the Australian Open next week.
Eugenie Bouchard has made a reasonable start to the season. The Canadian is into back-to-back quarter-finals to start the year after reaching the final eight in Shenzhen last week. Bouchard’s confidence seems to be growing with each victory. The Canadian started the week in Hobart with a very impressive 6-2 6-1 victory over Bethanie Mattek-Sands, her first victory over the American in three attempts. Bouchard was striking the ball exceptionally well from the baseline in that match. Bouchard’s second round victory wasn’t as pretty, recording a hard-fought 6-4 7-5 victory over Alison Van Uytvanck in difficult, windy conditions. A solid victory, showing Genie is determined this week.
Camila Giorgi also seems to be finding some reasonable from in Hobart this week. Giorgi’s first round victory was a typically erratic performance by the Italian, a 6-4 1-6 6-1 victory over Zarina Diyas. Giorgi was much more consistent in her second round match where she recorded a 6-2 6-3 victory over Nao Hibino. Giorgi has struggled with the windy conditions in Hobart in the past, especially with her serve, but her service numbers have been reasonable this week and she has kept her double fault tally relatively low.
Eugenie Bouchard won the only previous encounter between the pair, a comfortable 6-3 6-0 on the clay in Strasbourg back in 2014. It is tough to split the pair heading into their first match on a hard court. I have to give the slight edge to Bouchard, the Canadian has greater margins and is a little more consistent which is particularly helpful in the windy Hobart conditions. Whoever serves better will have a big advantage in this match-up, I suspect that will be Bouchard.