In a match started on day two of Wimbledon 2016 on an outer court and finished on day three on Centre Court, Eugenie Bouchard defeated Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-3 6-4. Genie is familiar with Centre Court, as she made a run to the women’s singles final in 2014. Although she would finish as the runner-up, which is pretty darn good for a then 20-year rising star, she would achieve a career high ranking of #5 in the world later that season. She comes into Wimbledon 2016 with a ranking that has tumbled to #48. This would be a great event to start the climb back into the upper echelons of the WTA tour. The problem is that standing in her way in round two will be 16th seed Johanna Konta. Although the British Konta only just won her first ever singles match at Wimbledon, she is a serious contender if she gets on a roll. Add in that Konta should have the homeland crowd on her side and the task will be steep for Bouchard to overcome Johanna. But maybe Genie can recapture the magic she had in 2014. If she can, she can still be a dangerous opponent.
The woman who beat Bouchard in the 2014 women’s singles final for the second of her two Wimbledon titles, Petra Kvitova, earned her ticket to the second round with a 6-0 6-4 win over Sorana Cirstea. Even though I still think that on her best day she is the most talented player on tour, I’ve back off my proclamation that it’s only a matter of time before Petra puts it all together and becomes a dominant world #1. There’s no doubt something inside her awakens at Wimbledon. She has a favorable draw and shouldn’t be in any trouble until a potential fourth round match with Belinda Bencic.
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10 PETRA KVITOVA d. Sorana Cirstea, 6-0 6-4
EUGENIE BOUCHARD d. Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-3 6-4