An intriguing fourth round match-up is set to take place on Sunday afternoon in Paris, as top German Angelique Kerber and Canadian youngster Eugenie Bouchard cross paths for the second time on the professional circuit. Their only other meeting took place at another Grand Slam event – the U.S. Open last year, which Kerber won in three sets.
The world No. 9 began her week with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Piter and followed up with another straight sets victory against Lepchenko. She would follow that up with another strong win against Daniella Hantuchova to reach the fourth round without dropping a single set in the process. The German No. 1 is defending fourth round points at the event, as she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova at this stage of the tournament last year.
Canadian No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard reached the fourth round in Paris with a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson. While it was a strong victory Bouchard, she did not have the smoothest of matches, as she hit an even 3 aces to 3 double faults, and a negative ratio with 27 winners and 30 unforced errors.
“I think I started a little slow,” Bouchard said after the match. “There was kind of a long wait for my match and I was rusty on the court. I was still fine and didn’t worry. I had a lot of confidence in myself to get my groove. The whole match I felt confortable and confident. She plays well especially on clay so it was pretty tough.”
Bouchard, who is through to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time in her career, after losing to Maria Sharapova in the second round last year. Next is a tough match-up against Angelique Kerber.
This marks just the second time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Kerber leading the series with a victory at Flushing Meadows last season. That win took place on hard court, which is actually Bouchard’s preferred surface. The Canadian won her first title ahead of the tournament on clay and has proven that she can be a tough competitor on any surface due to her strength and natural gifts. Whether or not she can defeat Kerber tomorrow is yet to be determined.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Three Sets