ASB Classic, Auckland: Anisimova v Kuzmova

Due to start at 11 pm

Anisimova 1.71, Kuzmova 2.38

This will be their first meeting.

Anisimova has stronger overall results in the last 12 months. Their hard court results are very even with both winning 72% of their matches. On the main WTA tour Anisimova has much stronger hard court results. She won 73% of her matches compared to just 54% for Kuzmova.

Anisimova beat Strycova in straight sets in the last round. She faced 5 break points but wasn’t broken. She had very strong stats on serve and her first serve found the target 77% of the time.

Amanda Anisimova
Amanda Anisimova

Kuzmova made a slow start against Kenin but served well. She hit a massive 20 aces and won 76% of points on her first serve. Her second serve could be a vulnerability tonight. She came through the Kenin match in 3 sets.

This should be a tight match but I have to favour Anisimova to win. Back her around 1.85.

Update: Anisimova was broken in the first game of the match but immediately broke back. Both players were struggling to close out service games. Anisimova was broken a further 2 times and looked like she was not going to compete.

Set 2 was a very different story. Anisimova broke in the first game and her won serve was not broken in the set. A second break gave her the chance to serve for the set which she managed to do. 

The 3rd set was a little messy. Anisimova was twice a break ahead but Kuzmova broke back each time. Another Kuzmova break at 4-6 gave Kuzmova the match.

Kuzmova won 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

 

 

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