Madison Keys vs. Daria Kasatkina - 9/15/19 Japan Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Madison Keys vs. Daria Kasatkina
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Utsubo Tennis Center)
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Madison Keys and Daria Kasatkina meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis Japan.
Madison Keys will play her first tournament since losing in the fourth round of the US Open. Keys has certainly found her rhythm on hard court, as she’s playing her best tennis of the year right now and has won 13 of her last 15 sets overall. As long as Keys manages the unforced errors and hits with controlled power, she’s capable of beating anybody on tour and can make a run to the title. It truly depends on which Keys shows up on any given day, as her play is often up and down at times. Keys has lost her opening match three times since Madrid. Keys has won nine of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Daria Kasatkina enters this tournament losing three of her last four matches, which includes a first round exit in the US Open. Kasatkina is coming off a match where she had 12 double faults, 34 unforced errors and 14 winners. No matter who you’re playing, it’s going to be very difficult to win when gifting your opponent so many free points. It’s been a while since Kasatkina has looked good, and she’s going to continue to have trouble winning matches until she cleans up the silly mistakes. Kasatkina has lost her opening match four times since Madrid. Kasatkina has lost four of her last six matches on hard court.
These two have played five times and Keys has won every match, including the most recent this year in Cincinnati. Four of the five meetings were decided in straight sets.
These two just played last month and Keys won the match in 17 games. In 11 sets played overall, Keys has won 10 of them, and that includes seven straight sets as well. While it’s always iffy when deciding if Keys is going to carryover her good form, these are two players who are playing completely different tennis with the season starting to die down.
Keys in straight sets seems like a logical bet given the current form and the history between these two.