Eugenie Bouchard started her French Open campaign in the first match on Court 16 against Laura Siegemund. Unlike Bouchard, Siegemund had a fairly good clay season, reaching the final in Stuttgart. Despite wrist injury rumors, the Canadian seemed very solid and only lost four games on her route to reach the second round, defeating Siegemund 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and twenty-three minutes.
Solid Start from Bouchard
Both players began the first set playing aggressive and solid tennis, they held their serves without any problem. However, it was the Canadian who was playing a nearly perfect set of tennis. The first break point of the match happened while Siegemund was serving 2-3, a failed drop shot gave Bouchard the first break point but the German was able to save it. A second break point happened in the game, this time, Bouchard was determined to get the break and so it happened when Siegemund hit a forehand into the net.
Bouchard held comfortably to lead 5-2. The following game was the longest of the set, Siegemund had to hold to stay in the set. Ultimately, Siegemund had more mistakes and even after saving one set point she was not able to hold, hitting her third double fault on set point.
Siegemund Breaks, but Bouchard doesn’t Give Up
After a disappointing set, Siegemund began the set breaking Bouchard when the German hit a great passing shot. She then went on to hold to love and lead 2-0. Once again, Bouchard struggled with her serve but she managed to hold to get on the scoreboard. The German saved two break points in the following game, but Bouchard started to play like in the first set and after one break point more the Canadian broke after an amazing exchange of volleys.
From then everything went downhill for the German as Bouchard’s game continued to improve. The Canadian was at the top of her game and fought every point to get the second break and lead 4-2. As Bouchard got stronger, Siegemund made more mistakes. On match point, Siegemund came to the net to attack the Canadian, but Bouchard managed to hit an amazing passing shot to win the match 6-2, 6-2.
Bouchard’s Win in Numbers
There were no aces in the match. Siegemund had six double faults that cost her important games while Bouchard managed to win the match without making a double fault. Overall, Bouchard had a fantastic game on serve, winning 23 out of 26 points with her first serve. Once again, Bouchard proved to be a good player at the net scoring 13 points out of 25. Siegemund won the only break point she had in the match while Bouchard won 5 out of 13 points.
Bouchard also showed that she has been working on her returns winning 31 out of 62 points with it. Siegemund had 19 winners, four more than Bouchard. However, the unforced errors could have had a high cost for Siegemund who committed 21, while Bouchard only did 10 (only three in the first set).
Timea Bacsinszky Next
On the second round, Bouchard will take on Timea Bacsinszky. This will be their second meeting and first on a Grand Slam. Bouchard played the Swiss this year on Indian Wells where Bacsinszky proved to be too strong for the Canadian. They played a highly competitive match that Bacsinszky eventually won in three sets.