Kasatkina vs. Halep
|Date & Time||Saturday June 3, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kasatkina +245 / Halep -305 -- Over/Under:
Simona Halep and Daria Kasatkina meet in the third round of the 2017 French Open.
Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Tatjana Maria that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 63 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Halep has lost just 12 games in her first two matches and has needed just 24 second serves, which is a sign she’s in terrific form. Halep always has good return skills, but when she’s serving at a high level, she's one of the tougher players in the world to beat. Halep just has to stay focused and not get too down on herself when she makes a mistake. Halep hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fifth time in her last seven tries. Halep has won 10 her last 11 matches on clay court.
Daria Kasatkina is coming off a straight sets win over Marketa Vondrousova that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Kasatkina won 62 percent of her first serve points and 36 percent of her second serve points. Kasatkina is coming off a match in which she got 81 percent of her first serves in play, and she’s combined for just 28 unforced errors. Kasatkina is getting a lot of balls in play, playing disciplined tennis and waiting for her opponent to make the mistake. In order to win this match, Kasatkina may have to be a little more aggressive looking for her shot. Kasatkina has four career wins over top-10 players. Kasatkina hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in her career. Kasatkina has won eight of her last 10 matches on clay court.
These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2016 Miami Masters, a match Halep won in straight sets. The match took 21 games to decide. This will obviously be their first meeting on clay.
If you’ve been following along over the years, you know I’m big on Halep and love her game. If she can avoid these mental lapses where she gets frustrated and throws away points, she’ll start winning some of these big tournaments. Good news is Halep has been solid on clay as of late and has kept her cool. Kasatkina is very promising for a 20-year-old, but she’s not hitting the winners needed to beat a player like Help, and she won just 42 percent of her first serves in the previous match against her.
I like Halep here.