Number five seed Madison Keys will meet the Russian Daria Kasatkina in the first round of the 2019 WTA Pan Pacific Open in Osaka on Tuesday. The match will take place on September 17 at 11:00 am local time (3:00 am BST) and here, you will find the Madison Keys v Daria Kasatkina live streaming options with the preview.
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Madison Keys v Daria Kasatkina Head to Head
Keys holds a domineering 5-0 lead over her Russian opponent, winning their last three encounters in straight sets. They last met in the Cincinnati Open a few weeks back, where the American defeated Kasatkina 6-4, 6-1.
Keys, Looking Formidable
Former top 10 players Madison Keys has been in a pretty impressive form over the last few weeks. After battling with form woes for quite some time, she returned to the tour in an impressive fashion by winning the Cincinnati Open.
She defeated some big names in that tournament like Venus Williams, Simona Halep, and Svetlana Kuznetsova to win her biggest title of the season. That win propelled Keys further into the top 20, as she followed it with a fourth-round run in the US Open.
The 24-year-old American won the Charleston Open earlier this season, where she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the final. As a quarterfinalist in the French Open as well, Keys clearly has had the exposure and experience needed to perform in big tournaments.
With the Asian swing now in effect, it will be interesting to see how far the number five seed goes. She is clearly comfortable with the hard courts and all that matters now is her form.
Kasatkina, Hoping for a Revival in Asia
The 22-year-old Russian was on the verge of a breakthrough into the top 10 around the same time last season. However, the Kremlin Cup winner has, since then, undergone a massive slump in her form. With a win-loss tally of 9-17, she has had a season to forget.
With three wins in her last five tournaments – courtesy of her failure to move past the second round, Kasatkina has fallen in the rankings as she is now placed at the 40th position. Her best run of the season came in Miami, where she reached the third round.
However, it isn’t to say that the young Russian hasn’t got the skills needed to win. In her time on the tour so far, she has defeated the likes of Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Mugurza, and Halep.
Keys v Kasatkina Tips & Predictions
This will be a difficult match for Kasatkina. Not only is she going through a massive rut, but she is facing an opponent who is up 5-0 over her. It will be really impressive if she manages to overcome this psychological hurdle, but the odds, for the time being, are stacked against her.
Tip: Over 19.5 games in the match (888Sport)