Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is on her way back to the world’s elite after managing to weather numerous health problems, is going to play against Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open today.

Match: Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Caroline Wozniacki

Svetlana Kuznetsova

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Selection: Svetlana Kuznetsova

Best Odds: 2.29 @ Pinnacle

And what a cracking encounter it should indeed turn out to be! Both ladies have already had to go through one challenging match in the event, with Wozniacki coming back from being 0-3 down in the deciding set against Sabine Lisicki and Kuznetsova having to fight hard to win against Carla Suarez-Navarro, so it will be interesting to see in what form we are going to see the two turn up today.

The interesting thing to note here is that, historically, Caroline Wozniacki has always had plenty of problems in the later rounds of Grand Slams. For some reason, she simply is not able to step up to the plate when under pressure and, as far as I am concerned, there have been no signs of here managing to do that this week. You might argue that she did really well to come back against Lisicki, but that comeback was not as much about her as it was about Lisicki missing virtually every single shot.

On the other hand, Svetlana Kuznetsova is a very experienced campaigner that is not going to care about the magnitude of this match. She simply seems to be enjoying playing once again after missing such a huge part of the previous season and it is clear that she would love to finish her comeback with a good result in Melbourne. She has already beaten Wozniacki in 2013 and I would not be surprised by her repeating that result today.