After achieving similar trajectories in their first two outings in Paris this year, Canadian No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard and Johanna Larsson with cross paths for the first time on the professional tour to battle for a spot in the final 16 at the French Open. Considering Larsson’s impressive victories so far this week, it will be interesting to see if she can achieve a third consecutive upset with a win over the Canadian darling.
Bouchard had to rally from a 2-6 loss in the opening set to defeat Germany’s Julia Goerge 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. It appeared to be a bad day for Bouchard, who was struggling in the opening frames but quickly recovered to advance comfortably to the third round of the French Open. Now, the 18th seed will face an opponent who dispatched the 12th seed in her second outing in Paris.
“I wasn’t worried after the first, I just took my time,” said Bouchard. “I just really tried to forget about that I lost the first set and just start fresh. That’s what I did for the second and third.”
Johanna Larsson began her week in Paris with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Maria Kirilenko before achieving a remarkable feat with a three set victory over resurgent Italian Flavia Pennetta. She rallied form a set down to defeat her tough adversary 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to set up the third round encounter with the top ranked Canadian.
This marks the first time that Bouchard and Larsosn will step across the court from each other, but it will likely be an entertaining affair, and a contets that will be tougher for Bouchard than it may appear on paper. Larsson is coming off some remarkable wins in Paris and will be looking to add to that streak when she meets ‘Genie’ on Friday.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Three Sets