Following a terrible streak of tournaments in 2015, all eyes will be on 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard as she attempts to defend her runner-up points from her finish in the final last season. She will begin her week at the All England Club against Ying-Ying Duan, whom she has never faced previously on the professional tour.
Following a poor clay court run, Bouchard began her grass court campaign at s-Hertogenbosch, where she was the top seed at the tournament. Bouchard played three sets against Yaroslava Shvedova and was close to securing the victory before she wilted away to allow a comeback from the No. 76 Kazakhstan native. Bouchard dropped the opening set, then rebounded emphatically in the second frame and even led 4-1 in the deciding set before she lost the next five consecutive games and, evidently, the match. She then lost her opening match in Birmingham to Kristina Mladenovic in three sets and managed to beat Alison Riske at Eastbourne before losing to rising star and eventual champion Belinda Bencic. She has now lost 10 of her last 12 matches on the tour.
“Its actually not been a fun kind of routine. Go to a tournament, prepare for 3-4 days, lose your match, take a day off. Go to the next tournament, prepare for 3-4 days, lose your match. Kind of a vicious cycle. It’s not been fun. I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced anything as tough as this,” she said. “I feel like when things are not going well you tend to think more, and it gives you more time to think because you’re not going deep in the draws. … I want to get that winning routine back. When you don’t win matches for a while, you feel it’s almost more normal to lose. I don’t want that mentality.”
Bouchard will come up against Ying-Ying Duan, who secured her spot in the Wimbledon main draw following a tough qualification draw.
This marks the first time that Bouchard and Duan will meet on the professional tour and could make for an intriguing three-setter depending on Bouahard’s form. She usually shines brightest at the Grand Slam tournaments, yet it will be interesting to see if she can pick herself back up this time around.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard in Three Sets