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