Elina Svitolina v Daria Kasatkina Live Streaming, Preview, H2H and Timings: Svitolina Handed a Tricky Start

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Ukranian No. 1 Elina Svitolina will start her campaign in the 2019 WTA San Jose Open; to face the Russian star Daria Kasatkina in the second round. The match will take place on July 31 and will start after 12:00 pm local time (8:00 pm BST). Get Elina Svitolina v Daria Kasatkina live streaming options with the preview here.

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Elina Svitolina v Daria Kasatkina Head to Head

Svitolina holds a formidable 4-0 lead over her Russian adversary, last defeating her in the 2018 Italian Open. They have met on the hard courts thrice so far, with the Ukrainian winning all of those matches comfortably.

Svitolina Hoping to Start Strong

Svitolina, who has been seeded first for the tournament, enjoyed a bye into the second round. She is heading into this fixture after a good couple of weeks’ rest, fully prepared for the US Open Series.

Her last event was Wimbledon, where she reinvented herself after losing her flair for quite some time during the clay swing. On the grass courts at the SW19, she reached the semifinal – her best showing on the grass yet, losing eventually to Simona Halep.

That was Svitolina’s first such run since the semifinal in Indian Wells earlier this season. Apart from this, the current WTA Finals champion has also struggled with a knee problem but has managed to recover from it successfully.

Kasatkina, Capable of Pulling Early Upsets

The 22-year-old Kasatkina defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu in the first round in the Silicon Valley Classic, with 6-2, 6-2. While ordinarily many would say that it was an expected result of her, things are quite the contrary, given her recent form.

With a win-loss tally of 6-13, the Russian has had a season to forget so far. Not only has she lost her opening matches in a majority of the tournaments, but she has also never made it past the third round in any of them. Case in point, she went by the grass swing without winning even a single match.

Her continued struggles with form are something that isn’t surprising as many players go through it. Kasatkina is clearly a talented player, having won the Kremlin Cup last year and reach the final in a couple of big events. A former top 20 player, she has a bright future ahead of her and can very well form her spirit again.

Svitolina v Kasatkina Prediction & Tips

Svitolina will start this match as the favourite to win but given Kasatkina’s abilities, it may not be an easy win for her. The young Russian has a healthy record against several top 10 players and Svitolina, despite her lead in the head to head tally, may very well join that club soon. Expect this to be an entertaining affair.

Tip: Over 16.5 games in the match. (888Sport)

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Chirag Dubey
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