Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Taylor Townsend, Miami R3 Preview

Miami Open, ???? R3 Match Preview
(7) ?? Svetlana Kuznetsova vs (Q) ?? Taylor Townsend

2016 Miami runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova continues her quest to go one step better in 2017 when she faces Taylor Townsend in the third round of the Miami Open on Sunday. Kuznetsova is in great form having reached the final in Indian Wells last week and enjoys the conditions in Miami. Her opponent on Sunday, Taylor Townsend is playing some of her best tennis in recent times and will dangerous heading into this match with nothing to lose.

Svetlana Kuznetsova has found her best form of season 2017 in recent weeks. The Russian played some great tennis at the BNP Paribas, beating some quality opponents in tough matches. However, the tournament did end in disappointment for Kuznetsova as she lost the final to Vesnina in a match she thought she probably should have won. Kuznetsova made a strong start in Miami, beating Mandy Minella 6-2 6-2. It will be interesting to see if Kuznetsova can continue winning, especially after most of those who went on a deep run in Indian Wells have already been eliminated in Miami.

Taylor Townsend is into the third round of a premier mandatory event for the very first time. Townsend came through the qualifying draw so she has already won 4 matches this week. Townsend’s most impressive win of the week and perhaps her career came in the second round where she claimed a surprisingly easy 6-3 6-2 win over Roberta Vinci. That win will give Townsend confidence moving forward, it will be interesting to see how she fares against an in form Kuznetsova.

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This will be the first career meeting between Kuznetsova and Townsend. I suspect Kuznetsova will be far too solid for Townsend on this occasion. It has already been a big tournament for Townsend and I’m not sure she is physically or mentally ready for such a huge challenge. Kuznetsova is in great form at the moment and will give very little away. The heavy conditions suit Kuznetsova, the Russian should win comfortably.

Prediction: Svetlana Kuznetsova to defeat Taylor Townsend in 2 sets

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