New Haven R1: Eugenie Bouchard vs (Q) Roberta Vinci
Eugenie Bouchard arrives in New Haven desperate to pick up a couple of victories ahead of next week’s final Grand Slam of the year in New York. Bouchard has threatened to reverse her horror 2015 form over the last couple of weeks but has ultimately fallen short. The Canadian will begin her New Haven campaign on Monday when she takes on Roberta Vinci, the Italian qualifier.
Eugenie Bouchard has just one victory to her name during the U.S Open series. The Canadian suffered yet another first round exit at the Rogers Cup, losing to the eventual champion Belinda Bencic in three sets. There were some positive signs in that match, but Genie couldn’t sustain a high level for long enough. Bouchard also showed glimpses of better form in Cincinnati where she reached the second round courtesy of a 7-6 7-6 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko. Bouchard was unable to advance any further, defeated by Elina Svitolina 6-7 5-7. Bouchard had a set point in the opening set but was unable to convert and seemed to lose confidence in the second set.
Roberta Vinci’s form is much more promising, the Italian came through qualifying in Toronto to reach the quarter-finals and has also come through qualifying in New Haven. Vinci came through all of her qualifying matches in straight sets, the Italian will therefore be quite used to the conditions in New Haven and will be confident heading into this one.
This will be the first career meeting between Bouchard and Vinci. I suspect Bouchard is very close to achieving some better results, perhaps starting this week in New Haven. If Bouchard remains patient she should be able to hit past Vinci on Monday and start to build some momentum ahead of New York.