In an interesting turn of events this week at the inaugural Wuhan Open, a rematch of the 2014 Wimbledon final is scheduled to take place, as world No. 3 Petra Kvitova and Canadian No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard will meet for the third time on the professional tour. Bouchard will has the opportunity to avenge her recent loss to Kvitova and earn her first win over a competitor who leads her 2-0 in the head-to-head series.
In arguably her best performance since her run at the Wimbledon Championship, Eugenie Bouchard produced a masterful effort against US Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki to reach the final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. In what was undoubtledy an aggressive showing from the Canadian, Bouchard needed just 78 minutes to defeat the in-form Dane 6-2, 6-3 and earn her fifth Top 10 win in 2014.
While Wozniacki played a good match, her inability to convert break point opportunities is what ultimately made the difference.
“I think I played very aggressively, and it was all about trying to maintain it,” Bouchard said. “Of course I expected some resistance, and she definitely made me fight for every point, but I was happy with the way I was serving and stepping in and the way I kind of regathered by concentration.
“I feel like I played very, very well, maybe up there with Wimbledon, maybe better.”
Kvitova defeated Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 7-5 in the semifinals to reach her first final since SW19.
“It’s going to be nice to play Genie in the final, so we can have a repeat match of the final at Wimbledon,” Kvitova said. “She’s a very good mover and plays very aggressively from the baseline – she takes the balls very early and returns very well. Those are some of the things she does great.
Bouchard will be aiming to capture her second title of the season in Saturday’s final in a Wimbledon final rematch against Petra Kvitova. She is also looking to cement a spot in the WTA Finals in Singapore, as the winner of the final will guarantee one of the five remaining spots in the tournament. Behind 0-2 in the h2h series, the Canadian will be hard-pressed to produce another strong showing and avenge her loss against the Czech native. Considering she lost her last match to Kvitova in 55 minutes, Bouchard knows she needs to be far more aggressive this time around.
“I think I didn’t impose myself enough in the Wimbledon final, and she was the one controlling the points all the time,” Bouchard said. “But she played really, really well, so there wasn’t much I could do, and that happens sometimes. I hope I can do my thing more on the court tomorrow.
“I’m going to try to take it to her as much as she’s going to take it to me.”
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Three Sets