On Tuesday, Daria Kasatkina and Christina McHale will meet within the second spherical of the Volvo Automobile Open in Charleston. Kasatkina, as many of you noticed in Indian Wells, is an up-and-coming star on the WTA tour—in addition to the defending Charleston champion. Final 12 months, the Russian defeated eventual French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 6-Three, 6-1, to earn her first title on the WTA degree.
She hasn’t slowed down since. The 20-year-old has already reached the ultimate at each the Dubai Tennis Championships and the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells this 12 months, and whereas she was unable to earn a title at both of these occasions, her versatile and highly effective recreation has put the remainder of the tennis world on discover.
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Kasatkina’s title protection additionally occurs to start in opposition to a participant that she is aware of easy methods to beat. She confronted McHale within the second spherical of final 12 months‘s US Open and gained that match, 7-5, 6-Three.
McHale will not be going to make it simple on Kasatkina, although. Whereas the American is simply ranked No. 86 on this planet, the previous High 25 participant is able to massive upsets. If she is taking part in her greatest tennis, she ought to no less than put a scare into Kasatkina at a venue by which she’ll have loads of assist.
But when Kasatkina is taking part in at wherever near her peak, it is onerous to think about her slipping up this early. Her recreation is extremely well-rounded, as she is able to beating you along with her serve, from the baseline and on the internet. That may give her a bit of a bigger margin for error.
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