After taking the tennis world by storm in 2014 when reaching the semi-finals of the Australian and French Opens, as well as the Wimbledon Final, Eugenie Bouchard has failed to live up to her potential as one of the next superstars of the sport. The Canadian has continuously struggled for form over the last five years, tumbling down the WTA rankings, finishing 2019 at 262. However, two weeks ago we saw glimmers of Bouchard’s former self, going on an incredible run from the qualifiers all the way to the final of WTA Istanbul, her first WTA final in 4 years. Bouchard backed this impressive resurgence of form in the first round at Roland Garros, securing a convincing win against world No.108 Anna Kalinskaya.
Her opponent Daria Gavrilova will be desperate to prove she has the ability to make a comeback of her own, as a debilitating foot injury put her out of action for the past year, and saw her slump to 785th in the world rankings. She made a triumphant return to Grand Slam tennis this week as she stunned 24th seed Dayana Yastremska 6-4 6-3 in their opening round match. The second-round tie pits two players desperate to continue their resurgence in form, and dine at the top table of the sport again. Despite Garvriolva’s impressive opening round, I have Bouchard to back up her remarkable run at WTA Istanbul with strong performances here at Roland Garros. I have her winning this one in straight sets.
Set Betting: Bouchard 2-0
Stefano Travaglia has never seen past the second round of a Grand Slam before, but that could all change after a convincing straight-sets victory over Pablo Andujar in the first round. The Italian faces an out of sorts Kei Nishikori for the chance of an elusive 3rd round appearance.
Nishikori battled through five sets in his opening round match against 32nd seed Dan Evans, and the former world No.4 has been struggling for form this year after recovering from a serious elbow injury, falling in the first rounds of ATP Hamburg and Kitzbuhel in recent weeks. This is bound to be a real battle, but after finally getting some games under his belt, I expect the former US Open finalist Nishikori to push on and start rediscovering his form and advance to the next round – but it will be a struggle.
Kei Nishikori wins the match and both players win a set
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