Tournament: Roland Garros
Category: Grand Slam
Location: Paris, France
Stadium Location: Address2 avenue Gordon-Bennett, 75016 Paris
Subway: Line 10 — Porte d’Auteuil
When: 16 May — 5 June
Upcoming Information:WTA Roland Garros 25.05.2016World Ranked No. 47 Eugenie Bouchard Plays World No. 9 Timea Bacsinszky. This match will be played on an outdoor clay court. In 2016, Eugenie Bouchard’s W/L record on this surface is 4/3, while Timea Bacsinszky’s W/L record on this surface is 11/2.
Competition: Eugenie Bouchard vs Timea Bacsinszky
The Canadian defeated Stuttgart finalist Laura Siegemund 6-2, 6-2 in the first round at the French Open. After that Genie Bouchard spoke more about how she was having trouble eating last summer due to expectations of winning that had been placed upon her.“I felt a lot of pressure and kind of this expectation if you win a match it’s normal and if you lose it’s a disaster,” said Bouchard. “Before matches I was very nervous and definitely had trouble eating. I just felt like it would come right back up.“It’s a difficulty I went through. And not just before matches, it happened to me at other meals as well.” Bouchard had stormed onto the scene two years ago reaching the Australian and the French Open semifinals before the Wimbledon finals. And then had all those points to defend last summer.“I was just so stressed I was burning calories even more than I normally would, so it was hard to kind of intake enough to keep my weight up or even gain weight, which was the goal, to become stronger,” she said.“I feel like I learned from it. I know now that even if I feel sick I have to force food down my throat.”“Yeah, I feel like I’ve come out stronger and able to deal with a problem if it ever comes back to me again.”Bouchard has since rejoined with former coach Nick Saviano. And despite an ongoing lawsuit with the USTA, she seems to be back on the rise.
“I would give myself an A,” Bouchard said after the match. “I felt I was very focused throughout the whole match. I let up a little bit at the beginning the second set, but was able to regain my concentration right away. I think it was very good, focused effort from me today.”Timea Bacsinszky has begun her Rolland Garros tennis play very successfully. No.8 seed Bacsinszky overcame a wobbly start against Sílvia Soler-Espinosato advance to the second round of Roland Garros, where she’s set to clash with a resurging Eugenie Bouchard.Although the Spaniard, who earlier this year made the final of Bogota, is known for her skill on clay courts she was unable to up any more resistance, falling to Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-1.“I’m very happy, happy with this first win here,” Bacsinszky said after the match. “I did exactly what I have been trying to do; not to be brilliant but to be good.”Bacsinszky and Soler-Espinosa played tug of war for most of the tense first set, which saw them reach break twice and deuce five times in the first three games of the match. The two traded breaks again, this time at 3-2 and 3-3, before Bacsinszky pulled ahead and rattled off the next three games to take the first set. In the second she was more deadly, and after breaking right away to grab an early lead, Bacsinszky ran away with the last four consecutive games to seal the match in just over an hour and 10 minutes.Bacsinszky’s aggressive style of play proved to be the difference-maker: Soler-Espinosa struck just four winners – none in the second set – and fourteen unforced errors in the match to Bacsinszky’s 30 and 33.“I’m very happy to have changed the pace of the match,” Bacsinszky said. “I took some risks, even though after a while I thought I had some leeway or room for maneuver.”“I thought I was rather with courage, generally speaking, and the longer the match, the better I was feeling. I felt I’m in a comfort zone for me, and then I could unwind a little at the end of the match and relax, and therefore, do what I wanted to do today.”Though Bacsinszky and Bouchard have only met once previously, the encounter is still fresh in the Canadian’s mind. She took the World No.9 to three sets earlier this year in Indian Wells, losing 2-6, 7-5, 2-6.
“I’m excited. I want a rematch from Indian Wells,” Bouchard said of their upcoming match. “I know she plays great, especially on this surface, I think. But I’m going to go for it.
“I know with my game that I can definitely come out on top, but as usual it’s always one point at a time.”