In the opening round at the WTA Birmingham Classic 2021, World No. 35 and the 4th-seeded Daria Kasatkina will be up against World No. 65 Marta Kostyuk.
Daria Kasatkina vs Marta Kostyuk : Match Details
|Tournament||WTA Birmingham Classic 2021|
|Match||Daria Kasatkina vs Marta Kostyuk|
|Date||17th June, 2021|
Daria Kasatkina vs Marta Kostyuk : Preview
Darira Kasatkina registers her first win on Grass since the 2018 season as she advances into the 2nd round of the Birmingham Classic 2021 defeating Polona Hercog 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in an exciting clash that went over 2 hours before Daria emerged as the winner.
Daria had a good Grass season in 2018 reaching the quarter-finals of the 2018 Wimbledon where she lost to eventual champion Angelique Kerber. However, with high expectations in the 2019 season, she could not register a single win an will be looking to get good match practice before the Wimbledon 2021.
Marta Kostyuk wins her debut match at the Birmingham Classic as she defeats American Madison Brengle 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the tournament where she is making her career debut. Marta had to battle for nearly 2.5 hours before she won the match to advance into the 2nd round.
Marta will aim to get enough practice before the 2021 Wimbledon where she will be looking to make her main-draw debut. Marta had played in the Wimbledon Qualifiers in 2018 and 2019 but was not able to go past the qualifying rounds to enter the main draw. However, looking at her current rank, she will be drafted into the main draw directly.
Daria Kasatkina vs Marta Kostyuk : Head to Head
This will be the third meeting between the duo and the first on Grass. This will be their 2nd meeting of the year after having met in the 2nd round of the 2021 Istanbul Open where Marta won for the 2nd time and also leads the head-to-head tie 2-0.
Daria Kasatkina vs Marta Kostyuk : Prediction
Marta will come into the match with a season record of 16-8 and career Grass record of 6-6. Marta has had a mixed results so far and will be looking to get wins under her belt as the all-important Grass Grand Slam at Wimbledon approaches fast.
Daria was in great form on Hardcourts this season winning 2 titles at the 2021 Phillip Island Trophy and later the 2021 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in her homeland Russia. She has a season record of 21-9 and career Grass record of 11-8. She will come into the match as favourite and will be looking to get her first win against Marta.
Prediction: Daria Kasatkina to win in 3-sets.