A semi-final match between Canadian darling Eugenie Bouchard and Germany’s Andrea Petkovic is scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Petkovic leading the head-to-head series 2-0.
World No. 20 Eugenie Bouchard reached her career-best at a tournament this week, as she outlasted Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach her first Premier level semi-final. The Canadian was a dominant force at the start of the match, and looked to be heading for a straight sets victory, yet she surrendered the last four games in the second set and was forced to play a decider.
“I knew in the second set my game wasn’t where I wanted it to be,” Bouchard said. “I think she did a good job of stepping in and controlling, and she changes directions a lot, so I was really on the run. And that’s fine, but that’s not where I want to be most of the time. I needed to get back to my game.
“I didn’t really think about how I was up a break in the second, because it was in the past, and I had to move forward. I’m happy I didn’t hold onto that. It was important to have short-term memory.”
Next for Bouchard is surprising German semi-finalist Andrea Petkovic. The world No. 40 defeated ninth seed Lucie Safarova 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to reach her best at a tournament this season. After toppling fellow German Sabine Lisicki in the third round, Petkovic managed to carry the momentum fourth to another upset victory over Safarova. While injuries may have hindered her over the past few years, the odds will likely favour the former Top 10 on Saturday afternoon.
This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Petkovic leading the series 2-0. Bouchard is yet to beat Petkovic on the professional tour, yet she did hold a 6-2, 4-1 lead over her in their second encounter. Their first meeting was also three years ago, and Bouchard has improved dramatically since then. While that may be the case, Petkovic has been playing some outsstanding tennis so far this week, and will be looking to go even deeper into the draw and win her first title since 2010.
Prediction: Andrea Petkovic in Three Sets