Kasatkina vs. Keys
|Date & Time||Thursday August 11, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Madison Keys and Daria Kasatkina meet in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Madison Keys is coming off a three set victory over Carla Suárez Navarro that took 27 games to decide. Keys has played six sets in her last two matches and continues to get off to fast starts and finishing strong. Keys has lost a combined 17 games in the last four sets she’s won. Keys is hitting her spots with more consistency and no longer allows nerve to takeover and result in sloppy play. Keys is having the season of her life, as she’s now a top-10 player at just 21 years old and a couple wins away from competing for a gold medal. Keys has won 11 of her last 13 matches on hard court.
Daria Kasatkina is coming off a straight sets victory over Sara Errani that took 20 games to decide. Kasatkina has won her last six sets and has lost just 12 games in her last two matches. Kasatkina continues her breakout season at just 19 years old and is showing she’s far more than a doubles player. Kasatkina is currently a top-30 player in the world and is easily in the best position in terms of singles play of her young career. A win here would probably be the biggest yet for the young Kasatkina. Kasatkina has to victories over top-10 players this season. Kasatkina has also won 11 of her last 14 matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
This should be a hell of a match between two young players who are the future of women’s tennis. Kasatkina is showing the world she’s a rising star while Keys has already proved she’s the future of American tennis.
In the end, I have to give Keys the edge, as she’s the overall more polished player, has a power advantage and has more experience in these type of matches.