Kuznetsova has won both their previous meetings. Their most recent match was in Cincinnati in August 2014. Kuznetsova won in 3 sets on a hard court. She won in straight sets on clay in April 2014.
Bouchard has had a strong week and beat Sharapova in the first round. She beat an injured Kerber in the last round.
Kuznetsova dropped a set against Riske and beat Wang in straight sets in the last round. Wang kept it very close but Kuznetsova’s serve was working fairly well.
This is a tough one to predict. Bouchard’s confidence will be high but Kuznetsova should make her work very hard. We have some value on Bouchard at the start but I give Kuznetsova a slight edge to win.
Back Kuznetsova if she gets broken or loses set 1.
Update: Kuznetsova broke in the third game of the match. She won in 2 sets.