Head to heads are 1-1. Their most recent meeting saw Pavlyuchenkova win on a hard court in straight sets. That was in August last season.
Pavlyuchenkova has won 10 of 11 WTA tour matches indoors over the last 12 months. She has an excellent record at the other Russian indoor event in Moscow.
Bencic has won 8 of her last 10 matches. She reached the 4th round at the Australian Open and beat Kerber and Petkovic in straight sets in the recent Fed Cup tie.
I can see this going to 3 sets but I don’t see Pavlyuchenkova letting this go easily in front of her home crowd.
I see some value on Pavlyuchenkova. Bencic starts around 1.53.
Lay Bencic if she breaks early.