WTA Moscow QF: Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Roberta Vinci Preview

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A quarter-final contest between former Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova (Player Bio) and World No. 11 Roberta Vinci (Player Bio) takes place tomorrow afternoon at the Kremlin Cup 2013 in Moscow. It is the fifth meeting between these two competitors on the WTA tour, with each winning two of their previous meetings. Check out the Kuznetsova vs Vinci Head to Head.

Vinci won just two games in the first set before rallying for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Elena Vesnina. Vesnina, who holds two WTA titles this season, won 80% of the points on serve in the first set but Vinci would rebound and increase the pressure, forcing four breaks of serve in the next two sets to secure the win. The Italian has had a relatively successful season, having reached the third round in Toronto, the quarter-final in Cincinnati and the quarter-final of the US Open. She is currently ranked at N0. 11 in the world rankings and has 49-23 record this season, including two WTA titles.

Kuznetsova defeated Sofia Arvidsson 6-2, 7-5. It was an impressive performance with 7 aces and 75% of points on firsts serve needed to secure the victory over last year’s semifinalist. The former two-time Grand Slam champion had a similarly easy opening round match against Lesia Tsurenko, where she won 7-5, 6-2. She several tournaments this season, incluing Wimbledon, due to an abdominal injury. She will be looking reach the semifinals for only the second time in Moscow when she faces second-seeded tomorrow afternoon.

Vinci and Kuznetsova recently met at the Dubai Open, where the Italian breezed past Kuznetsova in the opening round to bring the series to 2-2. All four of their previous meetings took place on hard courts and they are both evenly matched on that particular surface. Considering their other three encounters tok place prior to 2011, it may be assumed that Vinci is the superior player of the two currently on tour. If she performs as she did several months back in Dubai, Kuznetsova will not likely reach the semifinal.

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