A first-time meeting between Canadian No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard and Germany’s Mona Barthel is scheduled to take place in the second round of the inaugural Wuhan Open on Tuesday afternoon.
Following a dodgy summer that saw her go 4-3 between July and September, world No. 9 Eugenie Bouchard is set to begin her Asian Swing at the brand new WTA event in Wuhan. Having rested and recuperated her body, the Canadian darling is set to overcome her slight summer slump with a strong campaign in Asia. She is coming off a fourth round exit at the US Open – her weakest showing at a Grand Slam tournament this season.
“After the US Open I took a whole week off tennis, so I definitely recovered and, you know, I have been really trying to, you know, eat better, feel myself better, hydrate myself for tough conditions,” Bouchard stated at a press conference. “I know it’s going to be humid here this week, so I’m going to try and prepare as well as I can. I’m confident that physically I’ll feel good on the court.
In one of the more notable upsets of the day, local favourite and US Open semi-finalist Shuai Peng was ousted by Germany’s Mona Barthel in straight sets to eliminate the tournament’s top Chinese seed in her opening match. Barthel struck 2 aces, won 74% of her first service points and converted three break points to secure the 6-2, 7-6(1) win.
This marks the first time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and could produce one of the more compelling matches of the day in Wuhan. Bouchard is yet to find her post-Wimbledon form and that could provide Barthel with the necessary motivation and confidence to produce another upset this week.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Three Sets