Svetlana Kuznetsova (@1.33) vs Sloane Stephens (@3.25)

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Svetlana Kuznetsova will win
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Svetlana Kuznetsova – Sloane Stephens Match Prediction | 15-08-2019

Tracey:You can expect great court coverage from these ladies.

2 WTA ranking, holding that position for 24 weeks in 2007 and 2008. Her first appearance in a Grand Slam tournament was at the 2002 Australian Open and her first Grand Slam title came at the 2004 US Open over countrywoman Elena Dementieva, making her the third Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title, after Anastasia Myskina and Maria Sharapova. Born to an athletic family, Kuznetsova moved at the age of seven to Spain to attend the Sanchez-Casal Academy. At the 2006 French Open and the 2007 US Open singles tournament she was the runner-up, both times to Belgian player Justine Henin. As a result, Kuznetsova obtained a career-high No. In 2001, she first took part on a WTA tournament, the Madrid Open, and a year later won her first WTA title at the Nordea Nordic Light Open in Helsinki, Finland. Kuznetsova's second Grand Slam title was the 2009 French Open, defeating compatriot Dinara Safina in the final in straight sets. Since the 2010 season, Kuznetsova lost her top 10 position and even dropped down to a year-end ranking of 72 in 2012, until recovering in 2016, when she progressed to the top ten and reached the semifinals of the WTA Finals, her best result in that tournament to date.

In contrast, she partnered with Vera Zvonareva as in the previous season and won her second Grand Slam doubles title against the Italian duo Errani and Vinci, defeating them in a three sets final.[127] It was her best doubles result since 2009. Kuznetsova began her season at the ASB Classic in Auckland, where she reached the semifinal, losing in three sets to Chinese Zheng Jie.[126] At the Australian Open, she was defeated in the third round of the singles event by German Sabine Lisicki.

She entered the Maroon group along with Dementieva, Serena Williams and Venus Williams, and lost both her matches against the Williams sisters. 3. A week later, she played at China Open as the sixth seed. She defeated Dementieva, breaking her eightmatch losing streak at the Championships.[91] Kuznetsova ended the year ranked No. She advanced to the final beating Petrova in the semifinal and won against Agnieszka Radwaska in the final.[90] Soon after, she played at the Tour Championships in Doha.

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She then reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open, losing to Mladenovic. As a result, she climed to the eighth world ranking position. However, after a disappointing performance in Rome, Kuznetsova returned to the 9th position. Kuznetsova's first clay court event of the year came at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix where she was the eighth seed and the title favourite. At the French Open, Kuznetsova defended her points as she went to the fourth round, losing there to Wozniacki. However, she failed to capitalize on her chances as she fell to eventual champion local wildcard Laura Siegemund, who eventually went on to unexpectedly clinch the title.

Tracey:Theyve only had one previous meeting in which Halep came out victorious, but Kanepi has been a finalist twice at the US Open. Kanepis hard hitting will surely put Halep on her foot, allowing her to take the first set.

She ended the season ranked 889. However, she fell to eighth seeded Mihaela Moldovan in the last round. In Minsk, Belarus, in a tournament using the short sets scoring system, she reached the quarterfinal, after defeating the unranked Vera Zvonareva in the first round in four sets, and Daria Panova in three sets in the second round. In the round of 32, she defeated Silvia Disderi. Kuznetsova debuted in her first International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament in Mallorca on 31 January. Her last tournament of the year was again in Mallorca, but now played in a minimum of four sets. In the first round, she defeated Katia Altilia from Italy in two straight sets, 60, 64. However, Kuznetsova was ranked in the top 900, receiving her first ranking of 889 during the week ending 20 November 2000. She defeated Aurore Desertin in the first round, but lost in the second round to Berengere Karpenschif, both from France. However, she lost in the quarterfinal to Oana Elena Golimbioschi.[3] Her next appearance was in Talence in April. In the quarterfinal, she lost to 574th ranked Elena Voropaeva in four sets, after losing two tie breaks in the two earlier sets. She moved to Mallorca again and joined the Mallorca 3 tournament. Kuznetsova lost in the first round to Dinara Safina after winning the first set.

At the first round of PTT Pattaya Open, Kuznetsova defeated Zhang Shuai to record her 500th career victory.[134] This immediately followed a first round loss to Elina Svitolina at the Australian Open. Kuznetsova began the year with a loss to Varvara Lepchenko in the first round at Sydney. Kuznetsova lost to Petra Kvitov in three sets in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open.

Kuznetsova has the current form, but Venus played well here last year and although she has not played a great deal this year, at times she has looked like her old self. David:This is an intriguing match-up. However, in their ten previous meetings, each one has been decided in a mere two sets. Its one of those that looks close on paper, as meetings between this pair have seemed in the past.

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She is an all-round player.[202] She has been described as technically the most complete player on tour. Solid serve. Strong topspin on forehand and backhand. Svetlana Kuznetsova plays right-handed and has a two-handed backhand. According to Richard Pagliaro of ESPN, "Kuznetsova can alter the spin, speed and height of her shots and owns the variety that plays well on clay" but since her recent failures, "consistency has eluded her, and she's prone to flakiness and frustration under pressure."[204] Jeff Cooper of meant her greatest strengths were the "outstandingly powerful and accurate forehand. She is noted for her great speed on court and her strong forehand with much topspin.[203] She is capable of producing effective volley winners providing an agile touch.

This win automatically took the place in the last spot at WTA Finals for the first time since 2009 and also meant that Kuznetsova managed to successfully defend a title for the first time in her career. Kuznetsova handled the pressure well; defeating Aliz Cornet, Tmea Babos, Elina Svitolina and Daria Gavrilova in the final to win the title. As the defending champion, Kuznetsova took a wildcard into the Kremlin Cup, knowing that she had to win the title to qualify for Singapore.

Again in Moscow, Kuznetsova defeated Yvonne Meusburger, Daniela Kix and Meusburger and Patricia Wartusch all in straight sets. The final score was a straight 50.[173] In the final they faced France only three days after the semifinal. Her teammates were Myskina and Zvonareva in singles and Likhovtseva in doubles. In the doubles she defeated Dulko and partner Patricia Tarabini. Kuznetsova joined team Russia in 2004 in the doubles and singles competition. The end result was 41 for Russia; Myskina lost to Molik.[171]In the quarterfinal they faced Argentina in Buenos Aires. Kuznetsova defeated Molik and Molik/Rennae Stubbs. They competed against Australia in the first round in the Luzhniki Stadium in an indoor carpet court. Kuznetsova lost to Gisela Dulko. The final score was the same as in the first round, 41.[172]In the semifinal they faced Austria.