WTA Coupe Rogers, 3rd round: Kuznetsova v Kvitova (19:30)

Kvitova leads their previous matches 4-1. Their last meeting was in May last year in Madrid. Kvitova won on clay in 2 sets. She won both their hard court matches.

Kuznetsova played better than I expected in the last round. I wasn’t sure about her motivation before the match and her opening set with Kudryavtseva could have gone either way. She didn’t lose a game in set 2.

Kvitova has looked very solid in both her matches. She didn’t face a single break point against Petkovic in the last round. Neither has a good recent record at this tournament. One of them has to win! I can see this going to 3 sets and would favour Kvitova to win in the end.

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WTA Coupe Rogers, 3rd round: Keys v V Williams (23:30)

Venus leads their previous matches 2-1. They played twice last year. Venus won in November in China. That was on a hard court and went to 3 sets after Keys took the opening set. Keys had won at the Australian Open in January. That also went to 3 sets and again Keys took set 1.

Keys has won both her matches this week in straight sets. She has been broken just once.

Venus reached the final last week in Washington. I wondered if she would have enough energy to go deep this week but she is going well. She lost just 3 games against Barbora Strycova.

Their hard court stats are quite even and I think this can go either way. I will give Venus a chance and the value is on her at the start.

Keys starts around 1.75 . As she has started well in their 2015 matches I will wait for a lower price to lay her. Lay below 1.45

 

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WTA Coupe Rogers, 2nd round: Kuznetsova v Kudryavtseva (20:30)

Kuznetsova won both their previous matches. Their matches were both on hard courts in 2008.

Kuznetsova hasn’t got through a main draw match at the Rogers Cup since her semi final in 2010. Her last hard court tournament was in Miami and we saw her reach the final there in March.

Kudryavtseva has come through the qualifying rounds and beat Mladenovic in the last round in 3 sets. She has been priced above 3.00 in all her matches this week.  Her hard court stats for this year are not that far away from Kuznetsova’s

I am not confident that Kuznetsova is interested in this week. It is a mandatory tournament so she doesn’t have the choice of missing it but her record here does seem to suggest that sees this as a way of making the transition to hard courts and nothing more. I will be laying her

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