A compelling match-up between Canadian No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard and Yaroslava Shvedova is scheduled to take place in the third round in Nurnberg on Thursday afternoon. This marks the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Bouchard leading the head-to-head series 1-0 with a victory in Oeiras several weeks ago.
After a few disappointing weeks on the tour, that included 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 to advance to the third round of the Nuremberg Cup. It was one of her strongest performances on clay so far this season, and sets up an intriguing rematch against Shvedova.
Yaroslava Shvedova began her week in Nurnberg with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Mayr-Achleitner. She would follow that up with an even more impressive 6-4, 6-2 win over Kurumi Nara. The world No. 72 picked up several impressive victories so far this season, including wins over Francesca Schiavone and Karin Knapp.
This marks the second time these two competitors meet on the professional tour, with their first encounter taking place several weeks back in Portugal. Shvedova was unable to upset Bouchard on that particular occasion, but will be looking to achieve that this time around. If Bouchard is focused on her game on Thursday, it will be a tough obstacle for Shvedova.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Straight Sets