Former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is looking to make it back-to-back WTA quarterfinals when she takes the court on Thursday at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup.
Stephanie Livaudais
April 24, 2019


CENTER start 12:30 pm
[WC] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)
[6] Petra Martic (CRO) vs [Q] Ana Bogdan (ROU)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[Q] Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) vs Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
[Q] Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) vs [LL] Timea Babos (HUN)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
Alexa Guarachi (CHI) / Sabrina Santamaria (USA) vs Xenia Knoll (SUI) / Fanny Stollar (HUN)
Cornelia Lister (SWE) / Renata Voracova (CZE) vs Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) / Maria Sakkari (GRE)

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Former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is looking to reach back-to-back quarterfinals for the first time since 2017 (Eastbourne and Wimbledon). She defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova and Timea Bacsinszky en route to the Lugano quarterfinals last week.

Istanbul is Kuznetsova’s second tournament of the year after an injury-plagued 2018 season had her away from the courts since September. The Russian player had to undergo wrist surgery during the preseason, and then battled knee injury later after the US Open.

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33-year-old wildcard Kuznetsova will take on 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova in the pair’s second career meeting. Their 2017 US Open first-round battle went the way of the Russian, but it was a tough one: Kuznetsova edged through to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).

Vondrousova has been quietly having one of the best seasons of her career. She has now reached the final of Budapest, made back-to-back quarterfinals in Indian Wells and Miami, and won both of her Fed Cup singles rubbers in Czech Republic’s clash against Canada.

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After partnering yesterday to reach the quarterfinals in doubles, lucky loser Timea Babos and unseeded Kristina Mladenovic are back in action for singles, both facing qualifiers for the first time: Veronika Kudermetova for Babos and Kateryna Kozlova for Mladenovic.

The only seeded player in action today, No.6 Petra Martic will also face a qualifier when she takes on Ana Bogdan. It’ll be the pair’s third career meeting, and the first since 2015. Martic owns the 2-0 lead in their head-to-head record, with both wins coming on hardcourts and in straight sets.