Many of the top competitors on the tour drew easy opening round matches, either against wildcards or players ranked 100 places below them. Eugenie Bouchard, on the other hand, drew a far more significant competitor in the crafty Slovak Daniela Hantuchova. This is the first time they will cross paths on the professional tour and will likely make for a extremely compelling opening round battle.
After winning her first WTA title at Nuremberg, Bouchard laid claim to the title of the only female competitor to make the semi-final of both Grand Slam events this season. She would lose to eventual champion Maria Sharapova and would later lose her opening round match on grass to King in Eastbourne. Assuming she has had a few days to practice ahead of The Championships, she will be in better form to defend her third round points at the event. Last year, she defeated Ana Ivanovic in the second round before losing to Carla Suarez Navarro.
Daniela Hantuchova has played two grass court tournaments since she began that portion of her season, and has gone 2-2 over the two weeks. A former quarter-finalist at this event, the world No. 34 is certainly a force to be reckoned with when she is in form.
This is the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and will likely make for an interesting contest. The former No. 5 is more than capable of upsetting the soaring Bouchard but it will be a tough battle all the same. Expect Bouchard to match expectations and defeat Hantuchova in a three-set battle.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Three Sets
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