Former top 10 player Eugenie Bouchard will face the American teenager Catherine McNally in the quarterfinal of the 2021 WTA Abierto Zapopan Open. The match timings will be announced soon. Get Eugenie Bouchard vs Catherine McNally live streaming options with the latest predictions, preview, and head to head stats.
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Eugenie Bouchard vs Catherine McNally Head to Head
This is the first meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour.
Bouchard With a Solid Run Already
The 27-year-old Eugenie Bouchard has reached the quarterfinal in Guadalajara, her first such feat since the WTA Istanbul in September last season. Currently ranked World No. 144, the Canadian has spent the better part of the last four years struggling a lot with her form on the tour. As a result, she has dropped down heavily in the singles ranking.
Bouchard was awarded a wildcard in the Abierto Open, where she started her run with a three-set win over Caroline Dolehide. In the next round, she met the eighth seed Kaja Juvan, whom she dispatched 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 17 minutes.
So far this season, she has featured in only three tournaments including her current stint in Mexico.
The first one was the Australian Open where she fell in the qualifying rounds. Next, she travelled to France for the Lyon Open but was handed a first-round defeat by Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Last season, the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up showed glimpses of brilliance when she reached the final in Turkey, the third round in the French Open, and the quarterfinal in Prague Open. We all know that on her best day, Bouchard can easily take on a top 10 player but those best days have been a rarity of late.
She faces an opponent who is inexperienced and is just starting her career, giving her the perfect opportunity to build on her momentum.
McNally, in a Similar Wave
Currently ranked World No. 120, McNally’s last couple of tournaments on the tour – the Australian Open and Adelaide International – saw her lose in the qualifying rounds itself.
So it is definitely a breath of fresh air for the 19-year-old American to reach the quarterfinal in Mexico on the back of some brilliant tennis. In the first round, she dispatched Katie Volynets in three sets and followed it with an equally breathtaking performance against Tamara Zidansek.
The match lasted for well over two hours and saw the youngster take the game with 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4.
McNally is establishing herself more as a doubles player, having cracked the top 50 on that circuit after reaching the quarterfinal in the Australian Open with Cori Gauff. On the singles side of things, she still has a lot of work to do.
Before this quarterfinal feat, her best run was reaching the third round in the US Open last year where she succumbed to Elise Mertens, but only after beating Ekaterina Alexandrova and Viktoria Kuzmova.
Bouchard v McNally Prediction and Tip
Bouchard has the experience and skill set needed to win here. She is up against an inexperienced opponent who is still finding her way on the tour. Ordinarily, we would place the Canadian to start as the heavy favourite but given her inconsistencies, anything can happen.
Tip: Over 19.5 games in the match: 5/6 (bet365)