Daria Kasatkina vs. Donna Vekic
|Date & Time||Thursday April 25, 2019, 7:30 AM (EDT)|
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Daria Kasatkina and Donna Vekic meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Stuttgart.
Daria Kasatkina is coming off a straight sets win over Elise Mertens that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Kasatkina won 67 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Kasatkina won 63 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her nine break points. Kasatkina needed a victory considering she entered this tournament losing eight of her last 12 matches, but she still has work to do after nine double faults and being broken three times. Kasatkina simply hasn’t played well at all this year and it takes more than one win to move the needle. Kasatkina hopes to win back-to-back matches in a single tournament for the first time since winning the Kremlin Cup back in October. Kasatkina has won four of her last six matches on clay court.
Donna Vekic is coming off a straight sets win over Giulia Gatto-Monticone that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Vekic won 68 percent of her first serve points and 59 percent of her second serve points. Vekic won 63 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 12 break points. Vekic was terrific with her return, but she has to be a bit sharper with getting her first serve in play and cleaning up for unforced errors if she’s going to win this match. Regardless, it was a solid victory for Vekic, who entered this tournament losing three of her last four matches. Vekic hopes to win at least two matches for the fourth time in her last eight tournaments. Vekic has won five of her last seven matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
This is a tough match to call considering Kasatkina has been in god awful form all year. Vekic has has her struggles too, but she’s been far more consistent with a semifinal trip in Mexico and a final appearance in St. Petersburg. Still, I’m giving Kasatkina the slight edge, as she’s the better player when these two are playing their best, and she has a rest advantage. If Kasatkina can clean up a few of the unforced errors, she should win this match.
Complete toss-up, but Kasatkina has the slight edge.