(8) Svetlana Kuznetsova VS (14) Elena Vesnina
This match is not what I or the tournament directors expected. It is intriguing and could be a huge feather in Vesnina’s cap or a strong statement about Kuznetsova still being able to win big events late in her career.
I don’t have a ton to say. I think Kuznetsova has enough movement and guile to slow Vesnina’s momentum. I have picked against Kuznetsova for 2 straight rounds and been wrong. I might be wrong again, but if so, it will be from overvaluing Kuznetsova.
My Prediction Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-3