The first round of the 2019 WTA Kremlin Cup in Moscow features a mix of interesting matches on Monday, October 14. Get Anastasija Sevastova v Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Svetlana Kuznetsova v Karolina Muchova preview, predictions, tips and other statistics.
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Anastasija Sevastova v Aliaksandra Sasnovich Predictions and Preview
Sasnovich has a 1-0 lead over Sevastova, where he last defeated her at Brisbane International in 2018.
Anastasija Sevastova, who has been seeded sixth for the tournament, has had a pretty decent season and is now looking forward to finishing the year on a high note. The 29-year-old Latvian won his first title since the Bucharest Open last season. The title came in her home tournament in the WTA Jurmala, where she lifted the girl Baltic Open trophy.
In addition, Sevastova also had a decent run in the Australian Open and French Open, where she reached the fourth round. However, her form deteriorated drastically, possibly due to fatigue. Back to back in the first round of defeat in Wuhan and Beijing, she arrived in Moscow and was looking to rectify the catastrophic attack of form.
As for Sasnovich, her season hasn’t been that great either, with a strikeout rate of 17-21. She went undefeated throughout the Asian swing – a fact that has actually highlighted most of her season. Her best performances include a third race at the Madrid Open and a semi-final run at Sydney International, where she managed to pack most of those wins. At the age of 25, she has had a pretty dull season so far to say the least.
Tip: Sevastova wins in three sets 7/10 with Unibet
Svetlana Kuznetsova v Karolina Muchova Predictions and Preview
This is the first meeting between veteran Moscovite and 23-year-old Karolina Muchova.
It's been a full season for Kuznetsova, who spent the first half of the season battling injuries and began her journey first in April in the Ladies Open Lugano. Since then, she has worked really hard to regain her momentum, but for the most part it has proved to be an exercise in uselessness. The biggest exception to this, however, turned out to be her performance in the Cincinnati Open, where she reached the final.
It was Svetlana's first singles final since the Citi Open last season and it was truly a breathtaking run. In a harsh display of experience and skill, the Russian stormed past Sevastova, Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Ashleigh Barty. Now that she is playing on her home turf, Kuznetsova is clearly one of the heavy favorites to win the title, at least for the crowd.
On the other hand, Karolina Muchova has also made some great strides on the trip. She reached the final of the Prague Open and later won her maiden singles title in the Korea Open. With a bright future ahead of her, the world's number 35 currently has a win-loss of 33-12, which is unusual in every sense.
Muchova was a quarter-finalist in WTA Doha and Wimbledon, and has also defeated Pliskova in the process by registering his first top-10 victory. However, the only downside to her form would be her lack of consistency. Nevertheless, with each game, she becomes a better player, and the 2020 WTA Tour would be something to look forward to.
For this match, we can expect the young Czech to give Kuznetsova a run for his money.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 7/5 with Unibet