All in for Kerber v Kasatkina!
I don’t have time to write a full preview but I just had to the acknowledge the existence of this match in our lives.
It didn’t look likely for a time as Kerber lost the first set of her third round match to Elina Svitolina, 6-1. Svitolina twice failed to serve out the match in the second set at *5-4 and *6-5, playing two terrible games. Into a second set tiebreak and Svitolina crumbled somewhat, overpushing and not thinking clearly.
Kerber was all over Svitolina at the start of the third set, breaking on a magnificent rally where Kerber’s ability to do something different with the drop shot came up trumps. Kerber had an awkward fall (on the dodgy elbow!) which threatened to dampen her momentum. Svitolina twice battled from a break down in the decider but Kerber served out the match, saving three breaks points in the process. Kerber won, 1-6 7-6(2) 6-4. For Svitolina… oof, this was a tough loss. She had so many opportunities.
I’m impressed by Kerber’s commitment to play this tournament but a part of me wishes she had just rested up!
Kasatkina avenged an earlier loss to Roberta Vinci, coming through 7-5 6-3 for the second top 10 win of her career.
As mentioned in my Kasatkina-Vinci preview, the emergence of Kasatkina has been one of my highlights of 2016. It’s nice to see her go up against all these top players for the first time. I just have this feeling that Kerber-Kasatkina could be a really fun match-up.
I’m a little bit concerned about Kerber’s injury and having had to play back-to-back three setters with no rest days.
For Kasatkina, it’s a superb opportunity to reach what would be just a second semi-final of the year. The concern, if she were to get into a winning position, is always the nerves. She’s coming along a treat but I wonder if it may still be a tad too early. The win over Vinci showed progression though…
I can’t wait for this match which is at a plum time for me at 7.30pm in the evening. It’s been a crazy few weeks and i’m looking forward to sitting back, relaxing and watching this match unfold.
Fingers crossed for a good one!
Going for Kasatkina…
2 thoughts on “WTA Rogers Cup Montreal: Kerber v Kasatkina… bring it on!”
I think Kasatkina could have a fairly big shot at beating Kerber as she’s able to executevthe things that Svitolina just couldn’t quite manage to keep doing. Kerber was struggling with deep, high bouncing balls with lots of spin, which DarKa plays with, and on groundstrokes and serves that were placed well but had no pace.
Kerber likes to counterpunch and she didnt get much to work on from Eli. She only scraped through because Svitolina obviously got very nervous… if Kasatkina is feeling calm then its hers.
Aside, I really hope Kasatkina is able to transition well into the pros and doesn’t get lost/hindered or sidetracked along the way. Her attitude, game improvements, and outlook on tennis is something I really look forward to in the coming years.
Even personality wise, Elina doesn’t give you much to work off, but Kerber likes to be challenged, and she may just raise her game for this encounter. I think the match will depend on how Daria plays. If she really wants it, she can get it.