The action continues in Madrid with Svetlana Kuznetsova and Belinda Bencic fighting for a place in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open.
<p><span style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700;">Svetlana Kuznetsova (WC) vs. Belinda Bencic</span><br /><strong>Monday, May 6, Madrid</strong></p><p>Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova got off to a winning start at the Mutua Madrid Open with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Aryna Sabalenka in one hour and 53 minutes. Kuznetsova was off for more than six months due to wrist problems but has enjoyed a successful return to competitive tennis, winning 62.50% of the matches played so far in 2019. Adding to this, the 33-year-old is one of the best clay-court players on the WTA Tour and reached the semi-finals or better in two of her last four appearances on this event.</p><p>Looking now at Kuznetsova’s draw on this event, the Russian wild card will next take on Belinda Bencic for a place in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open. Bencic has enjoyed a strong start to the season and won her first career main-draw match in Madrid with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Alison van Uytvanck on Sunday. Nevertheless, clay is clearly Belinda’s worst surface with the Swiss winning only 31.58% of the matches played throughout her career on red dirt on the WTA Tour.</p><p>Kuznetsova and Bencic have split their previous two meetings on the WTA Tour but this will be their first official encounter on clay. Despite Belinda’s poor record on this surface, the Swiss is the main favourite at 53/100 (1.53) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a> while <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join William Hill & Start Playing Today!">William Hill</a> offers 8/5 (2.60) for Kuznetsova to win this match. However, Svetlana is always a very tough player to beat on this surface and it’s impossible to trust on Belinda on clay. With this in mind, the value is clearly on the Russian’s <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> with her +1.5 Set Handicap at 71/100 (1.71) with <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a> as a very interesting approach for this contest.</p>