WTA Elite Trophy, Group Stage: ?? (1) Daria Kasatkina vs. ?? (11) Qiang Wang
The first night session match of the 2018 Elite Trophy Zhuhai is an exciting encounter between the top seeded Daria Kasatkina and China’s number 1 Qiang Wang. Kasatkina and Wang both arrive in Zhuhai full of confidence given their recent successes. Expect a high quality match.
Daria Kasatkina arrives in Zhuhai on a high having won the Kremlin Cup a few weeks ago. As a result of winning the Kremlin Cup, Kasatkina was the first alternate in Singapore where she has been training over the last week but did not get the opportunity to play a match. Kasatkina’s title run at home in Moscow was a big relief for the Russian having generally been in poor form during the second half of the year and having lost her 3 previous finals. Kasatkina will be competing in Zhuhai for the first time, with the added pressure of being the top seed.
Qiang Wang has been one of the form players on tour over the last few months. Wang originally received a wild card event but ultimately qualified on her own merits because of her great recent form. Wang has won 19 of her last 23 matches and has reached at least the semi-final stage in all 5 of her most recent events. It is clear that Wang is a player on the rise under the guidance of Peter McNamara. At home, in China, it will be interesting to see if Wang can continue to shine and potentially become the first Chinese player to win this title. This will be the first time Wang has competed in Zhuhai.
Kasatkina holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Wang. The most recent match between the pair took place earlier this year in Madrid, Kasatkina won 7-5 7-6. The three prior matches between the pair all went the distance, this has proven to be tight match-up.