Carla Suarez-Navarro Backhand will Halt Eugenie Bouchard Revival


The hysteria must be a fever pitch in the Eugenie Bouchard fan-club. The Canadian has achieved four wins on the bounce in the Luxembourg Open. Bouchard fans should stop reading… now! The consistent and still immensely talented Spaniard Carla Suarrez-Navarro will have way too much for the Canadian in the 2nd round of the Luxembourg Open.

Carla Suarez-Navarro Chasing 3rd WTA Title

It’s unconscionable to think that the 30-year-old Spaniard, who has contested seven Slam quarterfinals, has only two WTA titles to her name. Suarez-Navarro is 2-2 since her US Open quarterfinal defeat to Madison Keys. This is a crumb of comfort that will be scoffed up by Bouchard fans. However, against Kristyna Pliskova in round 1, she conceded only one break point all match. The signs are there: the 30-year-old Spaniard is getting back to her grinding best.

History Favours Suarez-Navarro

The Spaniard leads the previous meetings 3-1. This is the pair’s first meeting on hard court. The Spaniard’s range and single-handed backhand prowess arguably leave her better suited to the surface.

Bouchard Battled Through Qualifying and Babos

Eugenie Bouchard has remembered how to battle. She has not dropped a set since struggling against Romanian Georgiana Serban in the first qualifying round. Unforced errors and lack of focus meant that the real Timea Babos didn’t show up against Bouchard in the first round. It’s way too premature, not that it’ll stop publicity-hungry writers, to talk up a Bouchard revival. More will be discovered about the Canadian’s focus against the ultra-competitive Suarez-Navarro.

Suarez-Navarro has Great Chance to go Deep in Luxembourg

The BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open represents a great opportunity for the Spaniard to go deep. Andrea Petkovic or Katerina Siniakova are potential round of 16 opponents. #1 seed Julia Goerges is a possible semifinal opponent. There is no reason for Suarraz-Navarro to fear any of these potential opponents. She definitely will not fear Bouchard.

Suarrez-Navarro Chasing Down Career High Ranking of #6

Given some of the form displayed this year by the World #24, there is no reason why a career high ranking cannot be achieved in the near future. The 30-year-old arguably deserves a top 5 ranking, at least, for her consistency. The way she manipulated Sharapova at the US Open with her backhand range was impressive.

Prediction: Suarez-Navarro will beat Bouchard



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