A compelling first time encounter is scheduled to take place in the opening round of the TopShelf Open, as Canadian darling Eugenie Bouchard and Vania King get set to cross paths on Tuesday afternoon.
It has been an extraordinary couple of months for Eugenie Bouchard. The world No. 13 rebounded from her opening match losses in Madrid and Rome with a strong showing in Nurnberg to eventually lift her first ever WTA tour title. She would follow that up with a semi-final appearance at the French Open, where she lost to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova. It is clear that the Canadian is quickly coming into her own, as she has risen to No. 13 in the rankings, with a chance of breaking into the Top 10 over the next month.
World No. 75 Vania King is will be face with a tough challenge in her opening round match on Tuesday. She is coming off two consecutive losses, one of which was an opening round exit at Roland Garros to Taylor Townsend. Similar to her upcoming opponent, this is the first grass court contest for King, who will be looking to snap her streak of losses (5 losses in the last 6 matches) with a momentum-building win against Bouchard.
This marks the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, and it is likely a contest that will heavily favour the Canadian youngster. While that may be the case, the transition to grass ahead of Wimbledon has always been a known for a collage of upsets in the early stages of the tournaments.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Three Sets