WTA French Open: Kuznetsova v Pavlyuchenkova

First round

Kuznetsova (1.66) v Pavlyuchenkova (2.42)

Due to start at 11:30 am

Kuznetsova leads their previous matches 6-3. Their last meeting was on a hard court in Indian Wells in 2017. She won in 2 sets. Their only clay match was at the French Open in 2016. Kuznetsova won in 2 sets.

Their overall results in the last 12 months favour Pavlyuchenkova but their 2020 results are more even. Their clay results are also quite even.

Pavlyuchenkova had started the season well and reached the quarter finals of the Australian open. She had an injury last week in Strasbourg. She finished her match against Jil Teichmann but wasn’t moving well by the end. She doesn’t have a good record at the French Open in recent seasons. She has reached the third round 4 times and made the quarter finals in 2011. Last year she lost in the first round to Mandy Minella.

Kuznetsova played well to reach the third round in Rome 2 weeks ago. She beat Bernarda Pera and Anett Kontaveit in 3 sets as underdog before losing to Svitolina in 2 tight sets. She has a good French open record. She reached the fourth round in 2017 but lost in the first round in the last 2 seasons. Her 2018 loss was to Garbine Muguruza. She has been in the quarter final several times, the semi finals in 2008 and won the title in 2009.

Back Kuznetsova around 2.10.

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