Ashleigh Barty vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova - 8/17/19 Cincinnati Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ashleigh Barty vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova - 8/17/19 Cincinnati Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Ashleigh Barty vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Lindner Family Tennis Center)

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Ashleigh Barty and Svetlana Kuznetsova meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Cincinnati Open.

Ashleigh Barty is coming off a three sets win over Maria Sakkari that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Barty won 77 percent of her first serve points and 70 percent of her second serve points. Barty won 74 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 14 break points. Barty got 63 percent of her first serves in play, saved one of three break points and hit 12 aces. After dropping the first set, Barty won the last eight games to close the match and has now won 18 of her last 20 matches overall. Barty has now won 10 of her last 11 matches that have gone the distance. Barty hopes to make her fifth final appearance of the year and the 11th final of her career. Barty also hopes to make her second career final appearance in a Premier 5 tournament. Barty has won 11 of her last 13 matches on hard court.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Kuznetsova won 73 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Kuznetsova won 62 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her 11 break points. Kuznetsova got 61 pint of her first serves in play, saved four of her six break points and hit six aces. Kuznetsova has been the surprise of the tournament, as she entered this event losing eight of her last 13 matches, and she’s now beaten three top-15 players this week. Kuznetsova looks to make her first final appearance since last years Citi Open. Kuznetsova looks to make her fifth career final appearance in a Premier 5 tournament and first since 2011 Doha. Kuznetsova has 60 career wins over top-10 players, and three of those wins have come this year. Kuznetsova has won six of her last seven matches on hard court.

There’s no match history between these two players.

Kuznetsova is obviously no pushover, as she packs the experience and just managed to beat three quality players in competitive matches. However, Barty is still the most consistent player on the women’s side and it’s not even close. Barty is also finding ways to win while not playing incredibly well. There’s another gear the Aussie can reach, and I expect she’ll find it now that we’re on the business end of the tournament.

I like Barty to advance to another final.

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