Petkovic leads their previous matches 4-1. They last met on a hard court in Beijing in October 2015. Bouchard retired early in the second set. . Bouchard won their last completed match on grass in June 2014. She won in straight sets.
McHale served for the 1st set against Bouchard at 5-4 but was broken. Bouchard took the set in a tie break and McHale didn’t win a game in set 2. Bouchard only faced 4 bp and was broken once.
Petkovic wasn’t impressive in her straight sets win over Nara. She was broken 5 times and hit 6 double faults. This is only her second visit to Washington. She reached the final back in 2013 losing to Rybarikova in straight sets.
I give Bouchard the edge here as long as she continues to serve well. Back her above 2.00