Abu Dhabi Open 2024: Emma Raducanu vs Marie Bouzkova preview, head-to-head, prediction, odds and pick

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Emma Raducanu vs Marie Bouzkova is one of the first round matches at the 2024 Abu Dhabi Open.
Emma Raducanu vs Marie Bouzkova is one of the first round matches at the 2024 Abu Dhabi Open.

Match Details

Fixture: (WC) Emma Raducanu vs Marie Bouzkova

Date: February 5, 2024

Tournament: Abu Dhabi Open 2024

Round: First Round (Round of 32)

Venue: Zayed Sports City International Tennis Centre, Abu Dhabi

Category: WTA 500

Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt

Prize money: $922,573

Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | UK - Sky Sports


Emma Raducanu vs Marie Bouzkova preview

Emma Raducanu at the 2024 Australian Open.
Emma Raducanu at the 2024 Australian Open.

2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu will lock horns with Marie Bouzkova in the first round of the 2024 Abu Dhabi Open on Monday.

Raducanu returned to the tour this year after a near eight-month injury hiatus. The first tournament of her comeback was the ASB Classic. The Brit faced Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the first round and recorded a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win.

Raducanu then took on former top 10 player Elina Svitolina in the second round. The former put up a fight, but faded away in the decider as her opponent handed her a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-1 loss.

Raducanu arrived in Melbourne for the Australian Open after that and recorded a routine 6-3, 6-2 win over Shelby Rogers in the opening round. Her journey came to an end in the second round as Wang Yafan bested her 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Bouzkova, meanwhile, got a reprieve from going through the qualifiers here after a spot in the main draw opened up. She started the year on a strong note, as she was a quarterfinalist in singles and the runner-up in doubles at the ASB Classic.

Bouzkova didn't perform that well in the next tournament, as Yulia Putintseva sent her packing in the second round of the Hobart International. Her poor run of form continued at the Australian Open, as she failed to win a match there in either singles or doubles.


Emma Raducanu vs Marie Bouzkova head-to-head

This will be the first meeting between them, so the head-to-head stands at 0-0 for now.


Emma Raducanu vs Marie Bouzkova odds

PlayerMoneylineHandicap BetsTotal Games
Emma Raducanu
+120-1.5 (+250)
Over 21.5 (-120)
Marie Bouzkova
-155+1.5 (-375)
Under 21.5 (-120)

(Odds are sourced from BetMGM)


Emma Raducanu vs Marie Bouzkova prediction

Marie Bouzkova at the 2024 Women's ASB Classic.
Marie Bouzkova at the 2024 Women's ASB Classic.

Although Raducanu's comeback has started off on a decent note, she's yet to win consecutive matches this year. But the base level still being there and she not picking up a new injury are the positives.

Raducanu's serve and shotmaking have been quite good and she's able to go toe-to-toe with her opponents. As for Bouzkova, she'll be a bit low on confidence after how her last few matches ended.

The Czech is a tricky player to handle at times given her crafty style of play. But if Raducanu dictates the play right from the start, she's likely to have the upper hand. The Brit is in no danger of being overpowered by her opponent in this match-up.

Given Bouzkova's form, this is a good opportunity for Raducanu to notch up another win this year. She could face some challenge if her opponent reverts to her usual self, but otherwise the Brit should be able to make a winning start here.

Pick: Emma Raducanu to win in three sets.

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