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?? Daria Kasatkina vs ?? Elena Vesnina
Daria Kasatkina and Elena Vesnina will collide in an all-Russian quarter-final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday evening. This is a big opportunity for both Kasatkina and Vesnina to reach the semi-final stage of a premier level event. Kasatkina and Vesnina both enter this quarter-final with confidence after claiming upset victories over seeded opponents on Wednesday.
Daria Kasatkina has beaten a pair of quality opponents on route to the quarter-final stage in Dubai. Kasatkina started the week with a straight set victory over Agnieszka Radwanska before coming from a set down and saving match points to defeat Johanna Konta. Kasatkina’s 4-6 7-6 6-2 win over Konta was one of the biggest wins of her career, yet another top 10 victory for the talented young Russia.
Elena Vesnina is starting to gain some momentum right at the correct time. Vesnina has made a poor start to the year and has a large chunk of her points to defend in a few weeks’ time at Indian Wells where she is the defending champion. It is therefore important for Vesnina to gain some momentum this week and she seems to be doing just that. Vesnina started the week with a straight set win over Shuai Peng before defeating the 4th seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-1 7-6. Vesnina held her nerve at the critical moments in the second set, surviving the Ostapenko barrage.
It was Vesnina who won the only previous match between the pair. A 7-6 6-2 victory in Stuttgart last year.