Belinda Bencic 1.69, Svetlana Kuznetsova 2.42
Due to start around 3:30 pm
Bencic leads their previous matches 2-1. They last met in Madrid in May 2019. Bencic won on clay in 3 sets. Kuznetova’s win was due to Bencic retiring in Wuhan in 2016.
Better overall results for Bencic in the last 12 months. She has won 67% of matches compared to 54% for Kuznetsova
Kuznetsova’s form in 2020 has been a little erratic. She had some real problems with her serve at the Australian Open. She is back on home soil and had a very strong win over Jennifer Brady in the last round. She faced 12 break points but was only broken once.
Bencic has made a better start to the year but still hasn’t fired on all cylinders. If Kuznetsova can main her 1st round form this can go to 3 but I favour Bencic to win. Back Bencic around 2.10. Lay the set 1 winner.