Angelique Kerber vs. Daria Kasatkina, Wimbledon QF Preview

Wimbledon QF Preview
🇩🇪 (11) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇷🇺 (14) Daria Kasatkina

Angelique Kerber and Daria Kasatkina will renew their rivalry when they meet at the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Kerber and Kasatkina have built up a very competitive rivalry over the last couple of years, the head-to-head record between the pair is squared at 3 wins apiece heading into this clash, who will step up to edge ahead and reach the semi-finals at SW19?

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action during the third round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Angelique Kerber is through to the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon for the 4th time in her career and is the highest seed left in the draw. Kerber made a slow start to the event with an unconvincing straight set win over Vera Zvonareva before beating pushed to 3 sets by Claire Lui. Ever since that scare against Lui, Kerber has raised her level, claiming a 6-2 6-4 win over Naomi Osaka and a 6-3 7-6 win over Belinda Bencic, two opponents that have troubled Kerber in the past. Kasatkina is another young player that has troubled Kerber in the past, another test for the German.

Daria Kasatkina is through to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time, making it to back-to-back grand Slam quarter-finals having reached the final 8 earlier this year at Roland Garros. Kasatkina cruised through her first couple of matches, beating Jana Fett and Yulia Putintseva in straight sets. Kasatkina made her biggest move in the first round where she upset the 17th seeded Ashleigh Barty in straight sets. The Russian secured her spot in the final 8 with a gutsy 6-7 6-3 6-2 win over Alison Van Uytvanck. It was a mature win, after wasting set point in the first set and going down an early break in the second it seemed it was not going to be Kasatkina’s day but she remained typically focused and came through in the end.

The H2H record between the pair is split at 3 wins apiece. The pair have met twice this year, Kasatkina thrashed Kerber 6-2 6-0 at Indian Wells, more recently Kerber claimed a 6-1 6-7 7-6 win at Eastbourne a few weeks ago in what was their only previous meeting on a grass court.

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Alison Van Uytvanck, Wimbledon R4 Preview

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🇷🇺 (14) Daria Kasatkina vs. 🇧🇪 Alison Van Uytvanck

Daria Kasatkina and Alison Van Uytvanck have both broken new ground at SW19, both will be competing in the second week for first time at Wimbledon. This is an interesting battle because of the extreme contrast in styles, the speed and all-court game of Kasatkina up against the powerful Belgian. It was Kasatkina who got the better of Van Uytvanck when they met a few weeks ago, but the Belgian will fancy her chances of an upset after a great week.

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action during the third round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Daria Kasatkina has made her way through to the round of 16 at Wimbledon without dropping a set. Kasatkina eased through a fairly favourable early draw, beating Jana Fett and Yulia Putintseva. It was at the third round stage where Kasatkina overcame her greatest challenge, the Russian eliminated the 17th seeded Ashleigh Barty 7-5 6-3, a great victory for Kasatkina over an opponent that is far more comfortable on this surface.

Alison Van Uytvanck was one of the great surprises through the first week at Wimbledon. The Belgian started the event with an easy straight set win over Polona Hercog before causing a huge upset as she came from a set down to defeat defending champion: Garbine Muguruza. Van Uytvanck back-up the biggest win of her career impressively well as she defeated the 28th seeded Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-3 to reach the second week of a major for the second time.

The only previous match between the pair took place on the grass of Eastbourne a few weeks ago, Kasatkina claimed a 5-7 6-4 6-1 win on that occasion.

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Yulia Putintseva, Wimbledon R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R2 Preview
🇷🇺 (14) Daria Kasatkina vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

Daria Kasatkina and Yulia Putintseva will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the second round stage at Wimbledon on Thursday. Surprisingly this will be their first career meeting at the tour level. Kasatkina and Putintseva both play their best tennis on clay, both are still reasonably inexperienced on grass and will see this as a great opportunity to reach the third round stage at SW19. Who will prevail?

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Daria Kasatkina is still finding her feet on grass but has shown decent form over the last few weeks. Kasatkina arrived at Wimbledon fresh off a quarter-final showing in Eastbourne where she was in a match winning position against Angelique Kerber. Kasatkina made a solid start to her Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday with a 6-2 7-5 win over Jana Fett. The Russian will be playing to equal her best showing at Wimbledon by reaching the third round.

Yulia Putintseva came through one of the most dramatic opening round matches of the tournament. The Kazakh defeated Magda Linette 6-3 3-6 10-8 in a match that lasted almost 3 hours. Linette served for the match midway through the deciding set so it was a gutsy win by Yulia on a surface that she has struggled on in the past. Yulia has never made it past the second round at Wimbledon, she will be hoping it is third time lucky having succumbed on two previous occasions at this stage.

This should be an entertaining match-up as Kasatkina and Putintseva meet for the first time at the tour level. Both have versatile games, outstanding movement and great touch, this should be a close one.

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Angelique Kerber vs. Daria Kasatkina, Eastbourne QF Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley International, Eastbourne QF Preview
🇩🇪 (4) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇷🇺 (7) Daria Kasatkina

Angelique Kerber and Daria Kasatkina will renew hostilities when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the Nature Valley International on Thursday, the fourth and final match of the day. Kasatkina has proven to be a troublesome match-up for Kerber in recent times, Kasatkina has won 3 of the last 4 matches between the pair but heads into this match as an underdog.

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action during her third round match at the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Kerber has been extremely impressive on route to the quarter-final stage in Eastbourne. Kerber navigated her way through a tough opening round match-up with relative ease, a 6-3 6-3 win over Dominika Cibulkova in a high quality match. Kerber maintained that high level through a 6-1 6-1 demolition of Danielle Collins to book her spot in the final 8.

Conversely, Kasatkina has been forced to battle her way through to the quarter-finals in Eastbourne. The Russian survived a first-up scare, defeating Alison Van Uytvanck 5-7 6-4 6-1. Kasatkina secured a spot in the quarter-finals on grass court for the first time with a 6-4 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova, the Russian came from a break down in each set.

Kasatkina holds a 3-2 H2H record over Kerber. All 5 of their previous matches have been on a hard court, all in the last couple of year. Kasatkina has won 3 of their last 4 matches, their most recent match was earlier this year in Indian Wells, a comfortable 6-0 6-2 win for Kasatkina.

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Lesia Tsurenko, Birmingham R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham R2 Preview
🇷🇺 (6) Daria Kasatkina vs. 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Daria Kasatkina and Lesia Tsurenko will go head-to-head for the first time on Thursday with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham. Kasatkina and Tsurenko both claimed hard-fought opening round victories in Birmingham and will be ready for another battle here in a match-up that should feature a lot of lengthy rallies.

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Daria Kasatkina progressed to the second round in Birmingham with a gutsy 3-6 7-5 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova. Kasatkina was outplayed for the majority of the first two sets but received a lifeline when Pliskova failed to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set. Kasatkina managed the situation well, adapting her game to get the better of a very difficult opponent on an unfamiliar surface for the Russian.

Lesia Tsurenko earned her spot in the second round with a hard-fought 7-6 7-5 victory over Heather Watson. Tsurenko was the better player in the important moments, especially in a one-sided opening set tiebreak where Tsurenko barely put a foot wrong. The Ukrainian is a very streaky player, she has a tendency to randomly have great weeks, perhaps that will be the case in Birmingham?

It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out as the pair do battle for the very first time.

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Sloane Stephens vs. Daria Kasatkina, Roland Garros QF Preview

🇫🇷 Roland Garros, QF Preview
🇺🇸 (10) Sloane Stephens vs. 🇷🇺 (14) Daria Kasatkina

Sloane Stephens and Daria Kasatkina will renew hostilities when they meet at the quarter-final stage at Roland Garros on Tuesday. Stephens and Kasatkina have both reached career highs in recent times, both head into this match full of confidence as they aim to reach a maiden semi-final in Paris. This looks like a fairly even match-up on paper, expect to see a lot of entertaining rallies between these two, who will step up and reach the semi-finals?

Sloane Stephens of the United States in action during her third-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Sloane Stephens has cruised into the quarter-finals in Paris, untroubled in all but 1 of her four matches so far at Roland Garros. The reigning U.S Open champion started the event with easy straight set wins over Arantxa Rus and Magdalena Frech before surviving a huge scare to defeat Camila Giorgi 4-6 6-1 8-6. Giorgi twice served for the match in the third set but Stephens maintained her focus and composure and was ultimately too strong for the Italian. Sloane produced a near-flawless performance to defeat Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-0 and book her spot in the quarter-finals in Paris to ensure she has now reached the final 8 at each Grand Slam, Sloane certainly saves her best tennis for the bigger events.

Daria Kasatkina is into her first Grand Slam quarter-final as she continues to climb up the rankings. Kasatkina also started the week with a couple of straight set wins, beating Kaia Kanepi and Kirsten Flipkens pretty comfortably. It was at the third round stage where Kasatkina dropped her only set on route to the final 8 in a hard-fought 6-1 1-6 6-3 win over Maria Sakkari. The Russian secured her spot in the quarter-finals with an impressive 7-6 6-3 victory over the 2nd seeded Caroline Wozniacki. The match was postponed with the score tied at 3-3 in the second set, on resumption the next day Kasatkina played great tennis to win 3 straight games.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Stephens beat Kasatkina in a long 3 set match on clay in Charleston back in 2016 whilst more recently Kasatkina defeated Stephens 6-4 6-3 at Indian Wells earlier this year.

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Maria Sakkari, Roland Garros R3 Preview

🇫🇷 Roland Garros, R3 Preview
🇷🇺 (14) Daria Kasatkina vs. 🇬🇷 Maria Sakkari

A Fascinating third round clash on Friday in Paris sees the 14th seeded Daria Kasatkina take on Maria Sakkari. This will be as close as it gets to playing against a clone for these two, Kasatkina and Sakkari have very similar playing styles, similar strengths and similar weaknesses. Both have moved into the third round without dropping a set and both are aiming to reach the second week in Paris for the first time, who will prevail?

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

The expectations are high for Kasatkina heading into this year’s tournament. Kasatkina has had some great results in 2018, most notably a run to the final at Indian Wells and more recently a quarter-final appearance in Madrid. Kasatkina has the perfect game to thrive on clay and she is now into the third round in Paris for the third straight year courtesy of straight set wins over Kaia Kanepi and Kristen Flipkens. If Kasatkina wins this she is likely to face Wozniacki next, an opponent she has beaten on the last few occasions, so there is a big opportunity for Kasatkina to reach new heights.

Maria Sakkari is into the third round in Paris for the first time, Sakkari has now reached the third round at every Grand Slam on 1 occasion. Sakkari arrived in Paris with confidence after claiming two huge wins over Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskova in Rome. Sakkari has produced two typically gutsy performances to start her Roland Garros campaign, a 7-6 6-2 win over Mandy Minella followed by a noteworthy 7-5 6-3 win over the 23rd seeded Carla Suarez Navarro.

Interestingly the pair have met at the tour level on just 1 previous occasion. It was Kasatkina who won that match, a 6-1 7-5 win on clay in Bucharest back in 2015, both have improved significantly since then.

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Kaia Kanepi, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, R1 Preview
🇷🇺 (14) Daria Kasatkina vs. 🇪🇪 Kaia Kanepi

The 14th seeded Daria Kasatkina begins her 2018 Roland Garros campaign on Monday with a potentially dangerous clash against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi. Kasatkina is one to look out for in Paris, the 21-year-old is a player on the rise and is seemingly ready to take the next step and push towards the later stage of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Kasatkina’s recent form has been decent. A quarter-final showing in Madrid which included wins over Q. Wang, Cirstea and Muguruza before succumbing to Kvitova and more recently a third round showing in Rome where she beat Tomljanovic and Collins before succumbing to Svitolina. Kasatkina has reached the third round in Paris in the last few years and will hope to go a step further and reach the second week in 2018.

Kanepi’s recent form is not too impressive, winning just 1 main draw match on clay in 2018. Kanepi was in action in Strasbourg last week where she made her way through the qualifying draw before suffering a very disappointing opening round loss at the hands of Su-Wei Hsieh from a set and a break up.

It is Kanepi who has had the better of this match-up of late. Kanepi holds a 2-1 H2H record over Kasatkina and has won their two most recent matches. The pair met earlier this year in Brisbane where Kanepi won 6-2 6-2. However, it was Kasatkina who won their only previous match on clay back in 2015, it is Kasatkina who is favoured by this surface.

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Sorana Cirstea, Madrid R2 Preview

Mutua Madrid Open, R2 Preview
🇷🇺 (14) Daria Kasatkina vs. 🇷🇴 Sorana Cirstea

Daria Kasatkina and Sorana Cirstea will go head-to-head for the very first time when they meet at the second round stage of the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday. This looms as a great opportunity for both to gain some much needed confidence and kick-start their clay court campaigns after arriving in Madrid on the back of multiple opening round defeats.

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Kasatkina and Cirstea both arrives in Madrid having lost 3 matches in a row, both were able to break their losing steaks with hard-fought victories. Kasatkina claimed a 7-5 7-6 win over Qiang Wang whilst Cirstea defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-4 2-6 6-4.

It is Cirstea who has the far better recent record in Madrid. Cirstea has reached the quarter-final stage in Madrid in the last couple of years whilst Kasatkina has been defeated in the opening round in the last couple of years.

It will be interesting to see how this match pans out in their first career meeting.

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Daria Kasatkina vs Naomi Osaka, Indian Wells Final Preview

BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells Preview #BNPPO18
🏆🌵 Final: 🇷🇺 (20) Daria Kasatkina vs 🇯🇵 Naomi Osaka

The next generation is here! The first premier mandatory event will come to an exciting finale on Sunday as the 20th seeded Daria Kasatkina takes on Naomi Osaka, a pair 20-year-old’s. Kasatkina and Osaka have both beaten several quality opponents on route to the Indian Wells final, both dropping just 1 set on route to the final. This will be the first career meeting between Kasatkina and Osaka, two inexperienced players on this huge stage. With so much on the line, who will step up and make the most of this golden opportunity?

Naomi Osaka of Japan in action during the semi-final of the 2018 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Kasatkina and Osaka will both be playing for the biggest title of their careers. In fact, Osaka is yet to win a WTA title and has only played in 1 final, beaten by Caroline Wozniacki in Tokyo in 2016. Kasatkina has 1 career title to her name, a triumph in Charleston on green clay last year. Kasatkina has played in 2 other finals, including a straight set loss to Elina Svitolina last month in Dubai.

Daria Kasatkina’s route to the final has been extremely impressive. The Russian stared the week with a straight set win over Katerina Siniakova before claiming 3 consecutive straight set wins over Grand Slam champions: 6-4 6-3 over Sloane Stephens, 6-4 7-5 over Caroline Wozniacki and 6-0 6-2 over Angelique Kerber. Kasatkina secured her spot in the biggest final of her career with a gripping 4-6 6-4 7-5 win over Venus Williams, a fourth consecutive victory over a Grand Slam champion and a 6th victory over a top 10 opponent in the last month and a half. Kasatkina was behind for the large majority of her win over Venus, at 4-5 0-30 down and on a second serve in the deciding set, it looked like Kasatkina was gone. The Russian showed great heart, she went on to drop just 1 point from that stage to claim one of the biggest wins of her career.




Naomi Osaka’s route to the final has also been impressive. Osaka has beaten 3 former / current world number 1’s. Osaka started the event with straight set wins over Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska, great wins over 2 very different opponents. Osaka then went on to beat Sachia Vickery in 3 sets before being pushed to a third set for the only time at this event as she beat Maria Sakkari in the fourth round. Osaka’s two most recent victories were arguably her most impressive, a 6-2 6-3 demolition of Karolina Pliskova and a 6-3 6-0 thrashing of Simona Halep. To drop a combined 8 games in wins over Pliskova and Halep is outstanding. There is no doubt that Osaka has shown consistency that we have never previously seen from her, a new sense of maturity and belief is evident in her game.

This match-up will feature a fascinating contrast in styles. The hard, flat hitting of Osaka against the heavy game of Kasatkina and the Russian’s outstanding movement. It will be interesting to see how this match pans out in the first career meeting between the two and with so much on the line, who will prevail?

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