The 168th-ranked Eugenie Bouchard of Canada faces Australia’s Daria Gavrilova in the second round of the 2020 French Open on Wednesday, September 30 and the match could begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Eugenie Bouchard v Daria Gavrilova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Eugenie Bouchard v Daria Gavrilova Head to Head
This rivalry has seen four matches played between these two player with both, Bouchard and Gavrilova having won two apiece. It started on the ITF circuit where Bouchard won their first match in 2011, and she then made it 2-0 at the Tokyo Open in 2012.
Gavrilova bounced back an Australian Open qualifying win in 2013 and a Hopman Cup victory in 2018.
Bouchard Wins a Battle of Breaks
The former world number five Bouchard sealed her second round berth with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya but it wasn’t one without dramas.
Bouchard’s first round match saw a total of 10 breaks of serve and in both sets, she was down a break twice. On both occasions, Bouchard broke Kalinskaya back the very next game and then managed to scoop the set by breaking her opponent while she was serving to stay in it.
The other notable statistic from the match which both, Bouchard and her second round opponent would look at very closely is the Canadian’s first serve percentage. It showed a lowly 56% and with just 64% of the points on first serve won, things could get very ugly against a more aggressive opponent.
Where Bouchard will need to show improvement is the unforced errors area too – there were 27 of them as compared to just 18 winners. This difference of minus nine will have to change drastically into the positive if Bouchard has to resume challenging some of the top players in the world.
That said, credit where it’s due and Bouchard has now registered her seventh win in eight matches – including the Istanbul Cup qualifiers – and will start off with the confidence of knowing she can put up a scrappy battle if needed to win a match.
Gavrilova Stunner for Yastremska
While it’s fair to say that Dayana Yastremska has had a few struggles in recent times, to lose to Gavrilova in straight sets cannot just be about her own issues. It speaks volumes about the Aussie’s game despite being away from the sport for a while.
Fitness had been a concern for Gavrilova but on her return to tennis this season – she missed the first eight months of whatever action has been possible – the Australian former world number 20 has shown what she is capable of.
Gavrilova had entered the match on the back of an ITF competition appearance in France where she was a qualifier and made the quarterfinal, enough to give her a semblance of confidence going into this one. We also had Yastremska as a favourite in our preview but had expected Gavrilova to put up a fight and win a set.
What we did not think would happen is a 6-4, 6-3 whitewash of Yastremska in a match that lasted little less than an hour and a half.
There is no doubt Gavrilova was aided in no small way by Yastremska’s poor game on the day – the Ukrainian world number 28 hit 38 unforced errors in the match to the Aussie’s mere 16. Gavrilova, on her part, will need to look to improve her own serving and winners, which were quite low on the day.
Can she up the ante in round two?
Bouchard v Gavrilova Prediction and Tip
This could be an interesting one. On the one side is an in-form Bouchard who faced an opponent ranked around 100th in the world and took advantage of her better tennis pedigree right now. On the other is Gavrilova, returning to the fold after being away for a while but at the same time helped in no small way by her opponent’s bad day in the office.
Which is why we think this could be an even contest, one which sees Bouchard start off as a favourite but one that goes to the third set.
Tip: Bouchard to win: 4/7 (bet365)