Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Singapore player focus: Eugenie Bouchard

Season highlights

The most consistent player in the Grand Slams, Eugenie Bouchard makes her debut in the year end championships. The hard working Canadian has won the most matches in the Grand Slams, but still lacks a Premier title. She did win one international title in Nuremburg, but competition is comparatively weaker. It remains to be seen if Eugenie can consistently bring it against the top players, but she has beaten some of the top 8 players and fully deserves her place here. It will be interesting to see how she follows up her breakthrough year in 2015. 

Playing style 

Taking the ball extremely early, Bouchard takes time away from her opponents, staying aggressive camping near to the baseline. There isn't much weakness in her game, except her second delivery. One of her assets is her ability to stay calm under pressure, and her calculated risks. However, she has the tendency to be overpowered, mistiming the balls that cannot be taken too early. 

Chances of winning Singapore: 50%

This is her first appearance in the elite eight, which is an accomplishment in itself. I think Eugenie knows she is here to gain experience, not to actually win the whole thing. She still needs to solve the Kvitova puzzle if she wants to win this event. She might win a match and push the other players, but winning the title is a bit far fetched. 

Prediction: Round Robin

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