Australian Open 2021: Belinda Bencic vs Svetlana Kuznetsova – Preview, Head-to-Head and Prediction

Belinda Bencic vs Svetlana Kuznetsova will be a battle of attrition. Belinda Bencic has to overcome her fitness issues if she wants see off the veteran Russian in this high stake second round encounter at the Australian Open.

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Belinda Bencic Svetlana Kuznetsova

Belinda Bencic is seeded no.11 at this year’s Australian Open. In her first round match she overcame American Lauren Davis in three sets 6-3 4-6 6-1. Compared to compatriot Martina Hingis because of their similar playing styles, Bencic is an intelligent player on the court. In the past she has done well when fully fit, but staying fit has been a challenge for this player from Switzerland. In her second round match she will face Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova

Match Details:

  • Fixture: Belinda Bencic vs Svetlana Kuznetsova
  • Date: 11 February 2021
  • Tournament: Australian Open 2021
  • Round: 2nd Round
  • Venue: Melbourne, Australia
  • Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
  • Prize Money: $ 115,275 (USD)

Belinda Bencic vs Svetlana Kuznetsova: Preview

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Belinda Bencic

Kuznetsova is a true blue veteran on the WTA tour. And at 35 years old, she is still going strong. Currently ranked at no.36 in the world, she has been ranked as high as no.2 in the world. In her first round match, she beat Barbora Strýcová in straight sets 6-2 6-2. 

Belinda Bencic vs Svetlana Kuznetsova: Head-to-Head 

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Svetlana Kuznetsova

These two players have faced each other 5 times on the tour so far. With Bencic leading the head to head 3-2. In their last encounter though, on the hard courts of Doha in 2020, Kuznetsova won 6-4 6-4. 

Belinda Bencic vs Svetlana Kuznetsova: Prediction 

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Belinda Bencic

This match promises to be a close contest. On hard courts Kuznetsova has a good record against Bencic. But, Bencic is in good form and if she can stay fit, she looks poised to win this. 

Match Prediction:  Bencic to win in 3 sets. 

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