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Bencic vs Kuznetsova WTA Madrid R2 predictions and betting tips

Andrew Hendrie 6 May 2019
  • Belinda Bencic and Svetlana Kuznetsova meet in the second round of WTA Madrid on Monday
  • Their head-to-head is level at 1-1
  • Kuznetsova is a former finalist and semi-finalist in Madrid
Belinda Bencic (PA Images)

Belinda Bencic vs Svetlana Kuznetsova WTA Madrid second round match preview, predictions and betting tips - Bencic comes up against former runner-up Kuznetsova for third round ticket…

Date: Monday May 6
Time: 9.30pm local time (8.30pm BST)
Court: Arantxa Sanchez

Bencic vs Kuznetsova predictions


Former top 10 players Belinda Bencic and Svetlana Kuznetsova square off for a place in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open in the Spanish capital on Monday night.

Bencic has been back playing some of her best tennis this season after a couple of injury-riddled years, beating four top 10 players on the bounce to win the title in Dubai, while she backed that result up by defeating World No. 1 Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova to make the semi-finals of Indian Wells in her next tournament.

However, the wheels have fallen off slightly for the Swiss in recent events, with Bencic losing in the opening round of Miami and Lugano, the second round of Stuttgart and the quarter-finals of Charleston to Petra Martic. Bencic had never won a match in Madrid prior to the weekend, but she got off the mark with a 6-4 6-3 win over Alison Van Uytvanck in the opening round. The 22-year-old is 3/5 @ Betfair to win on Monday.

Meanwhile, Kuznetsova is currently working her way back onto tour from injury and only began her 2019 season in Lugano a few weeks ago, where she made the quarter-finals, while she’s lost in the second round of her last two tournaments in Istanbul and Prague.

However, the Russian veteran scored the best win in some time on Sunday in Madrid when she beat World No. 10 Aryna Sabalenka in the opening round. Kuznetsova has had a lot of success in Madrid in the past, finishing runner-up in 2015 and making the semi-finals in 2017. Can the former French Open champion go deep once again? She’s 11/8 @ Paddy Power for the upset in Madrid.

Bencic vs Kuznetsova match stats


  • Their head-to-head is even at 1-1 (although Bencic had to retire in Wuhan in 2016)
  • This is their first meeting on clay
  • Bencic has only won back-to-back matches once since mid-March
  • Kuznetsova is a former Madrid finalist

Bencic vs Kuznetsova betting tips


I think Kuznetsova is worth a bet in this match-up and at those odds. Bencic’s level from earlier in the season when she was operating like a top 10 player has dropped off over the last couple of months, and she’s struggled in Madrid over the years, while Kuznetsova is as seasoned as they come, especially on clay, and is a former French Open champion and Madrid finalist and semi-finalist. The Russian is still a way off hitting the level she’d like, but she will be confident from beating Sabalenka in the opening round, and Bencic is a decent match-up for her on clay. I like Kuznetsova’s chances for the upset on Monday.

Bencic vs Kuznetsova odds


Bencic to win - 3/5 @ Betfair
Kuznetsova to win - 11/8 @ Paddy Power

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Kuznetsova to win at 11/8 @ Paddy Power

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