In her first match in over a month, and under the guidance of a new coach, Canadian darling Eugenie Bouchard cruised into the third round of the Indian Wells tournament. Following her impressive showing, she will come up against local favourite Coco Vandeweghe, whom she has never faced previously on the professional tour.
Apart from a slight opening set hiccup that could have swayed the result, Eugenie Bouchard looked great in her first match back on tour, and defeated Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka in straight sets to advance to the third round of the tournament. She routed her 6-2, 6-2 in just 57 minutes.
Given that much has changed in the Bouchard camp over the past few months, the rising star is simply pleased to have notched a win at Indian Wells and to have gotten over the first hump.
“I haven’t had all that much time to practice, so I just wanted to get the feel of a match. I don’t overthink it in a match, I go back to what I do, and what I’m used to.,” Bouchard said. “I will not be changing things, but definitely adding some things to my game. Overall I’m happy today that I did the basics well, and that’s one big step forward.”
World No. 36 Coco Vandeweghe reached the third round at Indian Wells following a straight sets win against Sesil Karatantcheva. She won the match 6-2, 6-3 and did so after serving at 70% of her first serve points. The match lasted a total of 62 minutes.
Bouchard and Vandeweghe have never crossed paths previously on the WTA tour. Given that the Canadian looked great in her first match back, one would lean towards her continuing that trend into the second week of the tournament. However, she could have some trouble against the big serving Vandeweghe.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Three Sets