Daria Kasatkina vs. Johanna Konta
|Date & Time||Friday October 19, 2018, 9:30 AM (EDT)|
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Johanna Konta and Daria Kasatkina meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Kremlin Cup.
Johanna Konta is coming off a three sets win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 69 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Konta won 60 percent of her total service points and saved 14 of her 16 break points. Konta has won back-to-back there set matches, and while she’s finding a way to advance, you have to be concerned with a player who has faced 22 break points in her last six sets. Konta has to play cleaner tennis if she hopes to make a strong case to win this title. Konta has a chance to win four matches in a single tournament for the first time since the Nottingham Open. Konta hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and the seventh final appearance of her career. Konta has won four of her last five matches on indoor hard court.
Daria Kasatkina is coming off a straight sets win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Kasatkina won 68 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Kasatkina won 58 percent of her total service points and produced six breaks on six break points. Kasatkina still isn’t serving great, but she was better with her second serve than her previous match, and she’s still won six of her last seven sets. Kasatkina needs to keep improving her second serve to make a title run here. Kasatkina has a chance to win four matches in a single tournament for the first time since Wimbledon. Kasatkina hopes to make her third final appearance of the year and her fifth final appearance of her career. Kasatkina has won six of her last seven matches on indoor hard court.
These two have split the two meetings, as Kasatkina won in Dubai of this year and Konta won in Sydney of 2017. The match this year needed to be decided in three sets.
Kasatkina has been finding ways to win without serving well at all, which is a positive if you really look at it. Konta is playing some of her best tennis in quite some time, but she’s faced 22 break points in her last two matches. Say what you want about the serve of Kasatkina, but she’s returning well and will take advantage of those struggles.
I like Kasatkina to reach her third final of the year.