Russian tennis superstar, Vera Zvonareva has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Shenzhen Open in China where she will be facing Veronika Kudermetova who is also from Russia.
Veronika Kudermetova enters this match having won her previous match in 3 sets. During the win, Veronika Kudermetova returned serve exceptionally well as she won 6 breakpoints. Furthermore, Veronika Kudermetova managed to win over 50% of the points played during her opponents serve to ensure she had a big advantage throughout the fixture. It is important to note that, Veronika Kudermetova struggled with her serve throughout the match as she allowed her opponent to win 4 of her service game. Veronika Kudermetova will need to serve much better if she wished to compete against Zvonareva.
On the other side of the court, Vera Zvonareva enters this match after winning her previous match in 3 sets also. Zvonareva ended her 2018 season well and she seems to be playing in a determined manner. Vera Zvonareva is a very experienced player and she has won multiple tournaments in China in the past. Furthermore, Zvonareva is also a former world number 2 meaning that she should be feeling confident heading into this fixture.
This will be the first time that Veronika Kudermetova and Vera Zvonareva are set to play each other at singles tennis at an ATP event. That being said, these two have played against each other is doubles tennis where Veronika Kudermetova and her partner won.
Taking everything into consideration, I see this match getting decided by experience. Veronika Kudermetova is still a very young player and she is playing a very experienced and accomplished player. Zvonareva is playing well and very experienced, especially in China. I see Vera Zvonareva winning this match and making into the semifinals of this tournament.