Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, Preview + Prediction
R1: (3) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki vs 🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard
Caroline Wozniacki will begin her title defense at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open with a potentially tricky first round clash against Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard. Wozniacki’s 55 match victories in 2017 is higher than any other player, whilst Eugenie Bouchard has had a very disappointing year, amassing an 11/18 win/loss record. Form points to a comprehensive Wozniacki victory, However it was Bouchard who won their only previous match and does have the weapons to damage the Dane in this match-up.
The only previous match between Wozniacki and Bouchard ended in a 6-2 6-3 win for Bouchard at the semi-final stage in Wuhan back in 2014. 3 years later, these two are in totally different places. Wozniacki is in great shape having won the title in Tokyo a few weeks ago where she played awesome tennis. Conversely, Bouchard has lost 9 of her last 11 matches. Bouchard needs to be playing with confidence to do well in this match-up, clearly confidence is running low right now. Wozniacki’s consistent, deep hitting from the baseline will be too much for Bouchard to handle here. Expect the defending champion to claim a comfortable win to start her title defense.