The World No.16, Victoria Azarenka, will collide against Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova who is ranked as the World No.40 in the charts. They will clash in the first round of the French Open 2021. Both are former Grand Slam champions who are having a resurgence on the WTA Tour.
|Tournament||French Open 2021|
|Match||Victoria Azarenka vs Svetlana Kuznetsova|
|Date||30th May, 2021|
|Prize Money||$72,630 ( INR 52,75,625 approx.)|
Victoria Azarenka vs Svetlana Kuznetsova: Preview
Former World No.1, Victoria Azarenka is the fifteenth seed of the tournament. The Belarusian contended in Madrid Open in hopes to regain her stride on clay. However, she withdrew from her second round cash against Jessica Pegula, citing a lower-back injury. Furthermore, this persistent injury restricted her from partaking in any other clay events this year.
On the other end of the court will be Svetlana Kuznetsova, who decided to steer clear of the entire clay-court season. The 35-year-old advanced to the semi-final in St. Petersburg Open. Elsewhere, Kuznetsova was last seen at the Miami Open, wherein she failed to move past Alizé Cornet and faced a first round defeat of 6-2, 2-6, 1-6.
Victoria Azarenka vs Svetlana Kuznetsova: Head-to-Head
This will be the pair’s eleventh clash on the WTA tour. Azarenka and Kuznetsova’s head-to-head is 6-4 as of now, with the former in the lead. The duo’s last battle came about earlier this year at Doha Open in the Round of 32. Kuznetsova met with a straight sets loss of 2-6, 3-6 against a straight-headed Victoria.
Victoria Azarenka vs Svetlana Kuznetsova: Prediction
The pendulum can swing either way since both players haven’t spent much time on clay in 2021. Even so, Azarenka is the favourite heading into the battle on account of her current ranking and past results. The question of her injury remains in the back of everyone’s mind as of now. Kuznetsova can gain an edge if she is met with a knackered Azarenka.
Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to win in three gruelling sets.