Varvara Lepchenko vs. Marie Bouzkova
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 12, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Marie Bouzkova and Varvara Lepchenko meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Coupe Banque Nationale.
Marie Bouzkova is coming off a straight sets win over Sesil Karatantcheva that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Bouzkova won 71 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Bouzkova won 65 percent of her total service points and produced five breaks on six break points. Bouzkova has now won eight of her last 10 matches when you include qualifying play, which is easily some of her best results of her young career at 20 years old. Bouzkova is coming off a match in which she got 67 percent of her first serves in play, and that will be key if she’s going to make an even deeper tournament run. Regardless of the result, Bouzkova is going to compete, as five of her last eight losses have been decided in three sets. Bouzkova has split her last six matches on indoor hard court.
Varvara Lepchenko is coming off a straight sets win over Aryna Sabalenka that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Lepchenko won 71 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Lepchenko won 67 percent of her total service points and saved four of her five break points. It was easily the biggest win for Lepchenko in quite some time, as the 32-year-old has really fallen in the rankings over the years and didn’t enter this tournament in the greatest of form. Beating a top-20 player in straight sets will do wonders for the confidence of Lepchenko and could lead to future success. Lepchenko was really solid with her serve and did just enough on the return to produce a victory as a +400 underdog. I’m interested to see how this performance carries over for a player who was once a top-20 player herself ix years ago. Lepchenko has won three of her last four matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Bouzkova is a tough player who is going to compete and make the match interesting regardless of the result. The difference here is that Lepchenko is coming off one of her best wins in quite some time and that should help her get back on track and bring some joy back to the sport. It’s not easy to show up tournament after tournament and not get positive results. Beating a top-20 player in the world in straight sets can make a lot of those struggles go away and produce a much more excited, confident player.
I’m siding with Lepchenko.