Kuznetsova vs. Wozniacki
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 28, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova square off early in the first round of the 2016 Wimbledon.
Caroline Wozniacki is still trying to find her footing after losing six of her last 10 matches and battling injuries. Wozniacki did win two matches at the AEGON International Eastbourne but has really struggled overall, as she’s battled an ankle injury and hasn’t played a whole lot of tennis in 2016. Wozniacki hasn’t looked like herself in quite some time and hasn’t made it past the second round of a grand slam in four of her last five appearances. Even at just 25, some are questioning if Wozniacki will ever return to where she was in 2010. Wozniacki has lost in the first round of a grand slam twice since 2014. Wozniacki has split her last eight matches on grass.
Svetlana Kuznetsova is trying to build on a solid season and will double dip with her partner Roberta Vinci. Kuznetsova has won six of her last nine matches and has reached two finals this season. Kuznetsova ha been consistently making impressive runs in tournaments, which includes a fourth round appearance in the French Open quarterfinal appearance in the Rome Masters. Kuznetsova is currently a top-15 player in the world and has a chance to sneak back into the top-10 if she can put another deep run together. Kuznetsova has been eliminated in the first round of a grand slam five times since 2014. Kuznetsova has lost three of her last four matches on grass.
These two have played 11 times in the past, and Wozniacki leads the series, 6-5. The most recent match was in the 2015 WTA Elite, a match Kuznetsova won after Wozniacki retired in the second set. Seven of the matches took place in 2011 or earlier. This will be the third match on grass.
This is going to be an interesting match, as Wozniacki is a top-10 player when in good form, but she hasn’t been herself for quite some time. Because of that, picking Kuznetsova would probably be the smart move.
Not sure how anyone has much confidence in Wozniacki at this current moment.