Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Ons Jabeur, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon ???? Day 2, R1 Match Preview:
(7) ?? Svetlana Kuznetsova vs (Q) ?? Ons Jabeur

7th seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova begins her 2017 Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday when she comes up against Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur. Wimbledon has generally been Kuznetsova’s least successful slam, unsurprisingly given grass is the surface that Kuznetsova is least comfortable on. The Russian is likely to be vulnerable early in London and is unlikely to have things all her own way against Jabeur, an opponent that posses extreme power and is in decent form having won three matches in the qualifying draw.

Svetlana Kuznetsova was seem by many as a title contender heading into Roland Garros earlier this year, the Russian would ultimately suffer a disappointing fourth round loss to Caroline Wozniacki. Kuznetsova will be keen to make amends at SW19, despite grass not being her preferred surface. Kuznetsova played one tournament in the lead-up to Wimbledon, winning a few tight matches in Eastbourne, notably a three set win over an in-form Kristina Mladenovic before succumbing to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets. Given how well Pliskova played all week, Kuznetsova’s form seemingly stacks up nicely heading into Wimbledon.

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This will be the first career meeting between the pair, Kuznetsova is clearly the more experienced and accomplished player but Jabeur is likely to make this an interesting match. The Tunisian came through the qualifying draw without dropping a set to reach the main draw at Wimbledon for the first time, meaning she will now have competed in the main draw at each Grand Slam. Jabeur has a big game and can hurt Kuznetsova on this surface if she serves well and is able to execute her game. Ultimately Kuznetsova is likely to be too consistent and mentally tough when things get tight in what should be a close match.

Prediction: Svetlana Kuznetsova to defeat Ons Jabeur in 3 sets

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