Viktoria Kuzmova will play against Stefanie Voegele in the first round of the 2020 Linz Open. This will be their first meeting on the WTA tour.
- Date: 10th November 2020
- Tournament: WTA Linz Open 2020
- Match: Viktoria Kuzmova vs Stefanie Voegele
- Round: Round of 32
- Venue: Linz, Austria
- Category: WTA International
- Surface: Indoor Hard-Court
- Prize Money: Approx. $202,250
Viktoria Kuzmova vs Stefanie Voegele: Match Preview
This seems to be a match between equals. Both players are out-of-form this season.
Viktoria Kuzmova has found it tough getting things going after the restart of professional tennis. The Slovak has failed to win any matches in the main draw since way back in March 2020. She has only played in four tournaments since August, which may have contributed to her inability to win.
The former world no. 43 has been on a rut since early 2019 which has led to her slipping to a lowly rank of 96. Her best performance this year was making it to the quarterfinals at Lyon. However, she lost there against a much lower-ranked opponent. Since then, she hasn’t won a single match in tournaments apart from a solitary qualifying win at the Western & Southern Open. Her most recent tournament was Roland Garros, where she lost in straight sets to Kristyna Pliskova in the first round.
Her opponent will be Stefanie Voegele. The Swiss has been stuck in a drought of her own, facing similar fortunes as Kuzmova. She hit her peak way back in 2013, getting a world ranking of 42. However, she hasn’t played as good since then, and currently sits at world no. 124.
Having played in six tournaments since August, she has only registered one win in total since then, including qualifiers. Her best performance also came much earlier this year, when she made the finals of the Newport Beach Open. Despite defeating higher-ranked opponents like Taylor Townsend and Christina McHale on the way, she was unable to clinch the trophy after a bitter three-sets loss against Madison Brengle. Her most recent tournament was the Ostrava Open, where she crashed out after a loss in qualifying against Veronika Kudermetova.
Viktoria Kuzmova vs Stefanie Voegele: Head-to-Head
The two players have never met before on the WTA Tour. Thus, the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
They have met once outside of the WTA Tour, in the Bundesliga women’s tennis championship. In this match, Kuzmova had to bring something special into the decider set and clinched a victory in three sets over Voegele.
Viktoria Kuzmova vs Stefanie Voegele: Match Prediction
This is a tough match to predict as both players are struggling with their form. Both of them will be looking to clinch a second-round spot – something they haven’t managed to do in quite a while.
It will in all probability be a lengthy match, given the two players’ extra motivation to progress.
Match Prediction: Viktoria Kuzmova to win in three sets against Stefanie Voegele.