Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Quebec City, Tashkent day 3: Bouchard shoulders Canadian hopes

Quebec City schedule:


Tashkent schedule:


Match focus:

Eugenie Bouchard vs. Sofia Arvidsson

Bouchard will be the focus of this tournament as the Canadians pin their hopes on this youngster. Bouchard's game is handy, but prone to being overpowered. She will like her chances against the slumping Sofia Arvidsson though. Eugenie just needs to stay focused and not let the pressure get to her. This match is a perfect warm up to get used to the crowd and courts.

Pick: Bouchard in 2 sets

Lucie Hrdecka vs. Petra Martic

The newly crowned doubles champion of US Open takes on the unfulfilled Petra Martic. Both players will blow hot and cold, so it's difficult to predict who will take this match. Confidence wise, Hrdecka definitely has the advantage, posting an impressive win in doubles over the Williams sisters. Martic has gone into the woods again and if she doesn't find her game back, she will be languishing in the ITF challenger events soon.

Pick: Hrdecka in 2 sets

Yvonne Meusburger vs. Petra Cetkovska

Yvonne lost all her form by taking a prolonged break after her title in Bad Gastein. Will she regain it against the dangerous Petra Cetkovska? A natural ball striker, Cetkovska's game is pleasing to the eye when she's on. Compared to Meusburger's scrappy play, Petra makes the game look easy. If she's playing to her normal standards, the Czech should have this in the bag. Let's hope Cetkovska gets the results because she belongs to the top 50.

Pick: Cetkovska in 2 sets

Sure win bets: Mandy Minella, Nastassja Burnett, Polona Hercog, Eugenie Bouchard
Upset alert: Galina Voskoboeva, Irina-Camelia Begu, Caroline Garcia

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