Shuai Peng vs Eugenie Bouchard, Australian Open R2 Preview

Australian Open, ?? Second Round Match preview
?? Shuai Peng vs ?? Eugenie Bouchard

A fascinating second round clash in Melbourne on Wednesday sees Eugenie Bouchard take on Peng Shuai. Bouchard seems to have regained some of her best form in 2017, the Canadian will face a tough challenge against Peng Shuai who also seems to be rediscovering some of her previous form that saw her reach the semi-final stage of the U.S Open in 2014.

Peng Shuai claimed one of her biggest wins is recent times on day 1 in Melbourne, claiming an impressive 6-0 7-6 win over the 23rd seeded Daria Kasatkina. Peng has reached the second week in Melbourne on two previous occasions, including a run to the fourth round in 2015. Unfortunately for Peng she did not compete in 4 of the next 7 Grand Slam events and in the three she did compete at she was unable to get past the first round. Therefore, Peng’s opening round win over Kasatkina was of an extra significance.

Eugenie Bouchard’s confidence seems to be growing and growing with each victory, The Canadian had a great week in Sydney last week where she made it to the semi-final stage, picking up victories over Shuai Zhang, Dominika Cibulkova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova before succumbing to the eventual champion Johanna Konta. Bouchard advanced to the second round at Melbourne Park thanks to a late night 6-4 6-0 win over Louisa Chirico, a pleasant start to the tournament for the Canadian.

The only previous match between the pair ended with a 6-2 6-2 win for Eugenie Bouchard at Indian Wells in 2014. Bouchard should again be too strong for Peng on this occasion. Bouchard is playing with greater confidence, belief and intensity at the moment, whilst Peng is still short on winning form. Peng has the type of flat, consistent groundstrokes that Bouchard feeds off. This is a good match-up for Bouchard.

Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Peng Shuai in 2 sets


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