Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs Johanna Konta
|Date & Time||Thursday October 18, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Aliaksandra Sasnovich will play Johanna Konta in the quarterfinals of the 2018 WTA Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich ended Kiki Bertens’ WTA Finals dream in the second round as she beat the world number 10 in 3 sets. It was an impressive performance by Aliaksandra Sasnovich as she broke Bertens’ serve on 6 occasions. Furthermore, Aliaksandra Sasnovich won over 50% of the points played during Kiki Bertens’ service games to ensure the Dutch superstar was beaten. Aliaksandra Sasnovich has a very strong record in Russia as she has won two ITF tournaments in this country. With her confidence sky high after beating Kiki Bertens, Aliaksandra Sasnovich will feel that she is good enough to get further in this tournament.
On the other side of the coin, Johanna Konta enters this match after beating Daria Gavrilova in the second round. Konta won the match in 3 sets and displayed exceptional receiving skills as she broke her opponents serve on 5 occasions. Konta entered this tournament in poor form as prior to this event, she had only won 1 match post-US Open. Konta seems to be back in good form as she has not lost a single set in this tournament. It will not be easy for Konta to win this match since Aliaksandra Sasnovich is playing well but the Brit should feel she is capable of winning.
Johanna Konta and Aliaksandra Sasnovich have played once in the past which was at the Miami Masters in 2017. Johanna Konta won that match.
All in all, I am picking Aliaksandra Sasnovich to win this match. This should be a close match but I feel the confidence boost Aliaksandra Sasnovich received after beating Kiki Bertens will give her an edge in this match. Aliaksandra Sasnovich has a great record in Russia and I see her being good enough to beat Konta and make the semifinals of this event.