That H2H can't be ignored. What is significant to me is that each match took place in a different year. It just seems no matter what the circumstances, Kirilenko's game matches up well against Safarova's on hard. Maria won their 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 contests in straight sets. What makes 2009 any different? I say Maria in 2 (again).
just loved to watch these two battle it out when they were kids
Lucie won their 1st meeting when they were 14
Lil Masha has turned it around since they hit the big time.
interesing Lucie won the only time on clay and hasnt won a set on hard.
2001 Leciva Czech Junior Open SF Clay (O) L.SAFAROVA 4-6 6-2 2-6
2002 US Open Junior Championships 64 Hard (O) M.KIRILENKO 7-5 6-3
2005 Doha 32 Hard (O) M.KIRILENKO 6-3 6-1
2006 Dubai 16 Hard (O) M.KIRILENKO 6-4 6-3
2007 San Diego 32 Hard (O) M.KIRILENKO 6-4 7-6(3)
2008 Seoul 16 Hard (O) M.KIRILENKO 6-3 6-3