Daria Kasatkina vs Madison Keys
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 31, 2018, 4:15 AM (EDT)|
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Russian tennis superstar, Daria Kasatkina will play Madison Keys from the United States in a match in the group stage of the 2018 WTA Elite Trophy.
Daria Kasatkina won her opening match against Wang Qiang in 3 sets. It was a very strong performance by Kasatkina as she won 9 return games. Daria Kasatkina won over 55% of the points played during Wang’s serve as she won the first and third sets. While Daria Kasatkina returned well, she had big issues with her serve as she lost 8 service games. Like her opponent, Daria Kasatkina won less than 50% of the points played during her serve and that is something the Russian must improve if she wishes to challenge Madison Keys in this fixture. On a positive note, Daria Kasatkina will know that a win in this match will secure her a spot in the semifinals which should give the Russian a confidence boost.
On the other side of the coin, Madison Keys will play her first match with the knowledge that a loss will mark elimination. Keys has been struggling with injury over the past few months and this has resulted in her missing many events. The last event Madison Keys played was the WTA China Open at the end of September where she retired from her second-round match due to injury. This will be a tough opening round match for Madison Keys as Daria Kasatkina is an exceptional baseline player meaning Keys will need to test her injured knee. In addition to that, Keys has not played in an age and it will be interesting to see if she is hitting the ball cleanly after a month-long absence from the court.
This will be the fourth time that Madison Keys and Daria Kasatkina will be playing against each other. As it currently stands, Keys has a record of 3-0 against Daria Kasatkina. The most recent match between these two players was at the Cincinnati Masters in 2017.
All in all, I am expecting a close match that Daria Kasatkina will win. While Keys is a great player and has done very well against Kasatkina in the past, she has not played in an age and it will be very hard for the American to play her first match back against an inform Daria Kasatkina. With confidence high after beating Wang in the opening round, I see Daria Kasatkina winning this match and securing a spot in the semifinals of the tournament.