The second of the two semi-finals scheduled to take place on Friday afternoon in Nurnberg is between Canadian No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard and Karin Knapp. This marks the second time these two will cross paths on the professional tour, with Bouchard leading the series 1-0 with a victory in Washington back in 2012.
Following her first round losses in Madrid and Rome, world No. 19 Eugenie Bouchard won her first contest in the Nurnberg Cup on Monday afternoon. She stormed past Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0, 6-3. The second seed would then cruise past qualifier Anastasia Rodionova 6-0, 6-1 in 45 minutes before coming up against a tougher competitor in Shvedova in the quarter-final round.
Bouchard defeated Shvedova with a pair of tiebreakers to secure her spot in the semi-final round. If she is to get past her upcoming opponents, she could potentially meet the No. 1 teenager Elina Svitolina in a fascinating final.
World No. 52 Karin Knapp began her week in Nurnberg with a pair of straight set wins over Israel’s Peer and Hercog respectively. She would need three sets to dispose of Frannce’s Caroline Garcia, where she rallied for the victory after losing the first set in a close tiebreaker. She will now face an even stiffer test in the semi-final when she goes up against Bouchard for the second time in her career.
The last time these two competitors met on the professional tour was at the CitiOpen in Washington two years ago, where Bouchard won the contest in straight sets. The conditions were drastically different then, as this time they will meet on clay. While Bouchard still holds the advantage here, she has been surprisingly inconsistent on the tour this season, and is yet to show promising signs for the French Open. This is a must win for the Canadian if she is to get the necessary boost ahead of the second Grand Slam event of the season.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Three Sets