Bouchard vs Bacsinszky
1st round match between Timea Bacsinszky from Switzerland and Genie Bouchard from Canada in Gstaad(Switzerland).
There are a lot of questions before this match, which is one of the two top matches from the 1st round. One of them is the condition of Timea. In the end of 2017 she had surgery on her right wrist. Everything was okey, she needed time to recover and she did it, but in Rabat she had another problem with her calf during practice and she had to retire. That's the reason she is out of top 700 right now, because she lost so many points, mostly from Roland Garros. She had only 5 matches during 2018 and it was understandable she didn't have many chances there. Her last tournament was in the end of June in Montpellier, but still was not ready having problems with her calf and condition. It's benn more than three weeks from this match and she said that she is much better now, trains good. Of course, she will need time to find her form, because we know she is so good player, especially on clay with two SFs in Roland Garros 2015 and 2017.
About Genie- everyone knows about her downfall and she is totally out of any form. If I have to mention her wins in main draw matches during 2018- Oceane Dodin in Australia, Lin Zhu and Ana Bogdan in Taipei and the UK player, which is totally unknown for me Gabriella Taylor in Wimbledon. That's all.. and all of that, when she is totally healthy. We all remember the years, especially 2014, when she was in top 5, reached SFs in Australia and France together with final in Wimbledon. The downfall was steady and now I am not sure if tennis is still her priority. Last couple of days she posted so many photos from Gstaad like she is on vacation there. It's not forbidden, of course, but it speaks a lot she didn't spend too much time on the courts. What surprised me so much is the fact girl who spent so much time in the fitness, had fat rolls in Wimbledon. They were obvious when she serves- maybe McDonalds effect, I am not sure :D It's not so important how you spent your free time, it's important to train seriously when you are on the court and the results will come. Well, they don't for such a long period of time..
H2H they have 2 matches and two wins for Timea, one in Indian Wells in three sets and one in Roland Garros in straight sets. They were played in 2016, so I don't think they are the most important thing right now. This is a tricky match and it depends what's the real condition of Timea, is she really okay with her calf. If the answer is yes, I don't think she will have much problems with Bouchard on clay in front of her audience in Gstaad. But there's another option- to play more cautious with not so much power on serve. That will inflict on her service games, becuase Bouchard can still attack good on return. So, that's the reason bookies are also cautious here and make Bouchard a slight favourite, but as I said, it depends what's the moment form and condition of Timea. I will believe her and pick her to win. Even if she feels any pain during the match, she will give her best to enjoy her supporters with the win, who are almost all of the crowd.
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Bouchard vs Bacsinszky prediction
|Bacsinszky||Bet365||2.20||9||2-1 LOST (-9 units)|