Although she has not had much of a season worth remembering, Eugenie Bouchard will still enter the French Open in 2015 with a seeded ranking of No. 6. The Canadian will begin her campaign against a stiff test against world No. 54 Kristina Mladenovic. The two players met in 2013 at the National Bank Cup in Quebec City and Bouhard won the encounter in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Bouchard leads the head-to-head series 1-0.
Having played an atrocious season to date in comparison to her 2014 success, Bouchard brought her six match losing streak to an end last week in Rome when she defeated Zarina Diyas in the opening round match. She ended up losing to Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round of the tournament. Bouchard finds herself in the same quarter with Czech Petra Kvitova. As someone who reached the semi-final in Paris last season, Bouchard has many points to defend at this Grand Slam event and could be faced with a potential quarter-final match against the player who beat her in the Wimbledon final, Petra Kvitova.
Bouchard’s upcoming opponent Kristina Mladenovic may be ranked 48 spots below the Canadian in the rankings but that has not stopped her from compiling a far superior record on clay this season. Mladenovic reached the semi-finals in Marrakech, the second round in Rome and the final of the Strasbourg tournament on Saturday, where she lost to Samantha Stosur.
This marks just the second time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Bouchard leading the head-to-head series 1-0. However, do not be surprised if Mladenovic is the one to get her hand raised in the end, as she has performed better on clay and has the momentum in her favour. That being said, Bouchard seems to perform at her best during the biggest tournaments.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Three Sets