Canadian darling Eugenie Bouchard will grace her home tournament on Wednesday afternoon to the delight of her adoring fans as well as the Genie Army. Her recent surge through the ranks has certainly benefited ticket sales and bolstered intrigue for the Rogers Cup. Now it is down to Bouchard to live up to the lofty expectations and the weight of a nation as she begins her campaign for her second title on the tour.
Bouchard will kick off her week in Montreal with a second round contest against America’s Shelby Rogers, whom she has never met before on the WTA tour.
Bouchard’s most recent tournament was the Wimbledon Championships, where she worked her way through a formidable draw to arrive at her final obstacle in 2011 champion Petra Kvitova. It was never going to be an easy encounter and the tide quickly turned against Bouchard. The youngster was unable to get her game going and struggled significantly with her serve throughout the contest, ultimately surrendering the match 6-3, 6-0.
After working her way through the qualifying round, Shelby Rogers dispatched of Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 7-6(5) in 1 hour and 49 minutes to secure he spot in the second round of the Premier event. Rogers hit 8 aces and converted two brak point opportunities to earn the victory.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the WTA tour. They once clashed on the ITF circuit in 2011, which Rogers won 6-4 1-6 6-3. The American will be coming up against a far different beast this time around, and will be a heavy underdog in this upcoming match on hostile territory.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Straight Sets