|French Open 2014|
|Maria Sharapova (RUS), 8||vs||Eugenie Bouchard (CAN), 16|
ScheduleThursday, 5 June 2014 at 15:00 GMT / 16:00 UK / 20:30 IST
VenueCourt Philippe Chatrier
Maria Sharapova, currently 8th on the WTA list, is playing against Eugenie Bouchard, currently 16th on the rankings.
Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard met each other at a tennis academy twelve years ago. Sharapova was a hot prospect, only 15 years old, and Eugenie Bouchard was only 8, and she wanted to take a picture with the new star.
Who would have known that, 12 years from then, these two would play each other in a Grand Slam semifinal?
Bouchard really shook the WTA world with her strong performances, beautiful attacking style of play, and after this tournament, she will break into the top 10. She managed to get to the semifinal in the first Grand Slam in this year, Australian Open, and now she wants to go further, maybe even to her first slam title.
Her idol is standing in her way, but as Maria Sharapova won the Wimbledon final with only 17 years old against Serena Williams, Eugenie has the same chance to emerge as the next best thing, after she had just turned 20.
Both players have that attractive, attacking style, and whoever manages to outpower her opponent will clearly win this match. Both of the players lost only two sets until the semifinal, and are hoping for the place in the finals.
Maria Sharapova played with Pervak, Pironkova, Ormaechea, Stosur and Muguruza, and Eugenie Bouchard played with Peer, Goerges, Larsson, Kerber and Suarez Navaro. Both players had problems in some matches, Sharapova was twice a set down, but she is very well physically and mentally prepared, so she managed to make a comeback in both of those matches.
Bouchard showed how strong mentally she is after she came back from a break down in a final set against Suarez Navaro. Until this match, Bouchard played only with Goerges, who is far from her best form, who is playing aggressively and attacks more than she defends. And she lost the set to her, and most of the time was easily beaten players who play more defensively.
On the other hand, Sharapova played four out of five matches against aggressive and attack orientated opponents and she handled them with ease.
So, it is expected that Sharapova will outpower Bouchard in this match.
Sharapova leads 2:0. Both of the wins are from the last season, and one of those was on the Paris clay.
Considering all the facts, it is expected that Sharapova will win this tight match.