Due to start at 11:30 am
Kuznetsova 2.20, Wang 1.79
Kuznetsova has won all 3 of their previous matches. They last met in Istanbul on clay in April this year. She won in straight sets. Their only hard court match was at the Rio Olympics in 2016. That went to 3 sets.
Wang has better overall results in 2018. Hard court results are quite even with 63% of matches won. Their 3 month stats slightly favour Wang.
Kuznetsova started her last match really badly and lost the first 4 games. She lost the set and was also 3-1 down in set 2 before she started her recovery. She won a hard court title in Washington in July and has performed well on hard courts since then.
Wang reached the third round at the US Open where she lost in 2 tight sets to Svitolina. Last week in Hiroshima she reached the semi finals. She was very comfortable against Gibbs in the last round losing just 3 games.
I think we get 3 sets but have to favour Wang to win. Lay Kuznetsova if she breaks first. Lay the set 1 winner.
Update: Wang was broken in the first game but broke straight back. She won 6-2, 6-2.