US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka will like to continue from where she left as she takes on qualifier Daria Kasatkina in a Round of 16 encounter at the Italian Open 2020. In the form of her life, Azarenka is certainly the top-most contender for the title in Rome.
Victoria Azarenka vs Daria Kasatkina: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka has been nothing short of flawless. The only real struggle she has faced in the event till now is when her first set went into a tiebreaker against Venus Williams. Since then, the 31-year old Belarusian first eased past Venus 7-6, 6-2 in the opening round and then pulled off a shocker of a win against defending Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. Azarenka double-bageled Kenin, a rarity in tennis, to clearly indicate that she has never been as threatening as she is now.
On the other hand, after getting past the qualifiers, Daria Kasatkina, like Azarenka, has demolished her opponents in the first two rounds. Firstly, the 23-year old Russian breezed past compatriot Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-2 and then outclassed Katerina Siniakova in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
Victoria Azarenka vs Daria Kasatkina: Head-to-Head
Prior to their meeting in Rome, the two women have faced each other on two occasions. Both times it has been Vika who has emerged victorious. Their last meeting came in a first-round match in Madrid in 2019, where Azarenka sailed past Kasatkina 7-5, 6-4. So the Belarusian leads the head-to-head record 2-0.
Victoria Azarenka vs Daria Kasatkina: Prediction
It is true that both the women have overpowered their opponents in the initial rounds, however, it also true that Azarenka had tougher opponents than Kasatkina, and the thrashing that Vika has given to them is unbelievable, to say the least. Moreover, given her red-hot form, Azarenka is destined for another resounding win and march to the quarters.
Match Prediction: Victoria Azarenka defeats Daria Kasatkina comprehensively in straight sets.