Belinda Bencic of Switzerland seeded three will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in the final of the WTA Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Sunday, October 20th. The match is scheduled for 3 pm local time (1 pm BST) and you can find the Belinda Bencic v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Belinda Bencic v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Head to Head
The pair have met five times before, with Bencic leading their head to head series by four matches to one. Their most recent encounter came at Wimbledon this year, where Bencic won easily in straight sets.
Bencic, Closing in on Fourth Career Title
Bencic has had a strong 2019. Starting the year ranked outside the world’s top fifty, she replidly progressed up the standings after winning the title in Dubai, where she beat three top 10 players along the way. She then reached the semi-finals in Indian Wells and Miami, and followed that up by making the third round at Roland Garros for the first time.
She did even better at Flushing Meadows, where she reached the semi-final of a Grand Slam for the first time, losing to the eventual champion Bianca Andreescu.
In Moscow, she struggled initially in the second round, dropping the first set to Polona Hercog, before fighting back to take the next two. Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium also offered stiff resistance in their quarter final, with the first set a real battle, Bencic winning it 10 – 8 on a tie break, before pulling away in the second.
Arguably, her semi-final with Kristina Mladenovic of France was the easiest of the three matches, with Bencic’s superior serve the difference between the two players.
Pavlyuchenkova, 2014 Winner Back in the Final
A teenage tennis prodigy who won two Grand Slam titles and was the world junior number one player at aged 14, Pavlyuchenkova has never quite fulfilled that early promise, despite having won 12 singles and 5 doubles titles on the WTA tour, including victory in this event back in 2014.
However, it has been more than 18 months since the last of those victories, so she will be very pleased to be in a major final again, especially in front of her home fans.
Now ranked 40 in the world, she began her week by coming from a set down to beat countrywoman Varvara Grecheva in the second round, and then defeated another Russian in the shape of Veronika Kudermetova.
That earned her a semi-final with the Czech Karolina Muchova, which the Russian eventually one, taking the first set before she was pegged back by Muchova who levelled the match in the second after a tie break. However, Pavlyuchenkova got off to a flier in the third, and was able to close out the match easily.
Bencic v Pavlyuchenkova Predictions & Tips
Bencic is the favourite to win this match at 16/25, whilst Pavlyuchenkova is priced at 27/20. Based on head to head record alone the Swiss player should win. Pavlyuchenkova is sure to have partisan local support, but Bencic is the more likely player to lift the Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Tip: Bencic to win in straight sets: 3/1 11/10 at 888Sport