Johanna Konta (@1.6) vs Daria Kasatkina (@2.37)
24-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Johanna Konta will win

Johanna Konta – Daria Kasatkina Match Prediction | 24-08-2019

Konta is playing some of her best tennis in quite some time, but shes faced 22 break points in her last two matches. Say what you want about the serve of Kasatkina, but shes returning well and will take advantage of those struggles. Kasatkina has been finding ways to win without serving well at all, which is a positive if you really look at it.

Kasatkina still isnt serving great, but she was better with her second serve than her previous match, and shes still won six of her last seven sets. Daria Kasatkina is coming off a straight sets win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova that took 19 games to decide. Kasatkina won 58 percent of her total service points and produced six breaks on six break points. In the victory, Kasatkina won 68 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. Kasatkina needs to keep improving her second serve to make a title run here. Kasatkina hopes to make her third final appearance of the year and her fifth final appearance of her career. Kasatkina has won six of her last seven matches on indoor hard court. Kasatkina has a chance to win four matches in a single tournament for the first time since Wimbledon.

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However, she returned the favor to Pera in the first round match at the Qatar Open last week. Konta, the 2016 Australian Open semifinalist, had a disappointing Melbourne stay this year after she was ousted in straight sets by Bernarda Pera, the debutante of the Australian Open, just in the second round. This win also extends Kontas record against the Russian opponents, winning seven out of the last eight encounters. Johanna Konta knocked out Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets, 7-6 6-2 to make her debut at the Dubai Tennis Championships in a winning fashion, helped along the way by the Russians 40 unforced errors.

Johanna Konta is the most aggressive player in this match. Relatively, Konta is the one who is playing with more confidence in her game, but Kasatkina is not too far behind, and she will ensure that this match is well-fought. Konta had won her only previous meeting against Kasatkina which came in the quarterfinals at Sydney in 2017 when Konta defeated the young Russian in straight sets. The British is going to create more chances in the game and will win the victory.

I think Kasatkinas shots will sit up nicely for Konta, right into the Brits hitting zone. All signs point to a Konta victory. Kasatkinas serve will be vulnerable to the damaging Konta return. Kasatkina likes to play with shape but I think that will not work in her favour here given Kontas height and power, Konta will deal with Kasatkinas shots quite easily. Im going to give the edge to Johanna Konta. Kontas serve is far more secure and Brit is more clinical in what she is trying to achieve on court.

Apart from making a semifinal appearance in her home tournament at St. Radwanska did not make it easy for Kasatkina as she broke back the Russian every time Kasatkina tried to run away with a lead. She has three first-round losses at Brisbane, Sydney, and Doha, along with a second-round exit at the Australian Open at the hands of Magda Linette. Petersburg, where she defeated a tired but newly crowned world #1 Wozniacki, Daria Kasatkinas season has been nothing less than a disappointment. But eventually, Kasatkina was able to serve out both sets and seal the match just under two hours. However, playing in the first round of Dubai, she defeated a former champion of Dubai, Aga Radwanska, in straight sets, which would be a boost to her confidence.

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It was Konta who won their only previous match last year in Sydney, can Kasatkina reverse that result in Dubai? Konta is competing in Dubai for the first time whilst Kasatkina is making her second appearance at the event. Konta beat Pavlyuchenkova whilst Kasatkina beat Radwanska. Johanna Konta and Daria Kasatkina are both in unprecedented territory, neither had previously won a match in Dubai heading into this event, both have little experience at this event. Both reached the second round stage in Dubai with solid straight set wins over decent opposition.

Konta has to play cleaner tennis if she hopes to make a strong case to win this title. Konta won 60 percent of her total service points and saved 14 of her 16 break points. Johanna Konta is coming off a three sets win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 69 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Konta has won back-to-back there set matches, and while shes finding a way to advance, you have to be concerned with a player who has faced 22 break points in her last six sets. Konta has a chance to win four matches in a single tournament for the first time since the Nottingham Open. Konta hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and the seventh final appearance of her career. Konta has won four of her last five matches on indoor hard court.