An intriguing second round contest between Canadian darling Eugenie Bouchard and top Italian Sara Errani takes place tomorrow afternoon in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. This marks just the second time these two top competitors will clash on the WTA Tour, with Errani leading the head-to-head series 1-0 with a win last year in Acapulco. Considering Bouchard’s breakthrough results over the past six months, this contest will likely yield entirely different results.
World No. 10 Sara Errani stormed into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Canada’s Sharon Fichman. Apart from her performances this week, Errani’s top showings in 2014 came in Paris, where she reached the finals but failed to capture the title, and in Doha, where she reached the quarter-finals. She is coming off a second round exit in Dubai before arriving at Indian Wells, where she now sets up a third round clash with another Canadian in Eugenie Bouchard.
Bouchard earned an equally dominant victory in the second round, when she defeated China’s Shuai Peng 6-2, 6-2. Earlier this season, the 20-year-old Canadian took the WTA by storm, when she reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open before losing to eventual champion Li Na. Since then she has made several blunders on the tour, including failing to qualify for Dubai, losing in the first round in Doha and the quarter-finals in Acapulco to Caroline Garcia. It will be interesting to see if the world No. 19 is capable of a strong showing at the unofficial “Fifth slam.”
This marks just the second time these two top competitors will clash on the WTA Tour, with Errani leading the head-to-head series 1-0 with a win last year in Acapulco. Considering that contest took place on clay, which is Errani’s preferred surface, this match-up will likely yield entirely different results. Bouchard attacks every point with emphatic power, which will simply be too much for Errani to withstand consistently.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Straight Sets