Two Russian players will fight for Moscow glory this Saturday. Find out our top tennis pick for WTA Moscow final and the reasons to add this pick to your betting list.
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
The defending champion, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, continues her winning streak after a three sets victory over Darya Kasatkina. In our semifinals preview we expected Darya to create some problems in this match and the 18 years old had a great start with a 6-2 2-0 lead, however Anastasia raised the level to turn the match and book a place in tomorrow’s final.
Pavlyuchenkova was clearly struggling to perform at a consistent level and the fatigue from last weeks is starting to affect her. The key for Anastasia’s success was her experience that allowed her to play better the important points, converting 5 of 7 and saving 7 of 11 break points.
Svetlana Kuznetsova is playing amazing tennis this week, the two times Grand Slam champion can produce a very high level of tennis and that’s exactly what she has been doing this week.
Kuznetsova has tremendous defensive skills and loves to do the runaround to hit the inside out forehand. The slower conditions in Moscow courts give the time Svetlana needs to prepare her forehand and that’s one of the reasons why she has always played well on this event with a 19-9 career record.
Kuznetsova leads h2h 3-1 however Pavlyuchenkova was the one to emerge victorious in the most recent match at Wuhan, few weeks ago, by 6-0 6-1.
Despite that massive win from Anastasia, this time there might be a different outcome. Kuznetsova is a player who struggles to be competitive week after week, she needs to find an extra motivation to perform at her best and this week she’s doing it.
Pavlyuchenkova might not have enough in the tank for long rallies with such a great defender and should be Svetlana to lift the trophy.
Tennis Pick: Svetlana Kuznetsova -1.5 (+110) at Pinnacle