World number 37 Daria Kasatkina will be up against the 63rd-ranked Su-wei Hsieh in the first round of the 2021 Parma Open on Sunday, May 16. Get the live streaming options of this Daria Kasatkina v Su-wei Hsieh match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daria Kasatkina v Su-wei Hsieh Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Kasatkina and Hsieh before this encounter.
Kasatkina Makes Slow Start to Clay
For someone who has already won two titles this season, Kasatkina was expected to zoom ahead on clay as well. That, unfortunately, hasn’t happened for the Russian as she looks to find her feet again in the lead-up to the French Open which begins later this month.
Since winning that title at the St. Petersburg Open, Kasatkina has played five matches on clay and lost three of them.
And sure, two of those defeats have come against Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka, but the feeling one gets is Kasatkina is still some away from getting into any kind of rhythm on clay.
Her recent record on clay hasn’t been the best either with the world number 37 at 7-7 on win-loss over the last two seasons, not drilling deep enough in such confidence.
Still this has also been the first season in Kasatkina’s career she has won two titles; can she add to the 2017 Charleston title she had won on clay?
Hsieh Yet to Win a Main Draw Match on Clay
Hsieh is more known for her doubles play for most part of her career but this season she has tried to focus on singles, or at least she did till the Australian Open where she shocked the world to reach the quarterfinals of the season’s first Grand Slam.
That included wins over the likes of Bianca Andreescu and Marketa Vondrousova before she was laid low by Naomi Osaka in the last eight.
Unfortunately, since then, Hsieh hasn’t played too much. Featuring straightaway at the Madrid Open, Hsieh came through the qualifiers as a lucky loser before losing to Tamara Zidansek for the second time in a row.
And then featuring in the first qualifying round in Rome, Hsieh managed to win just two games in her defeat to Nao Hibino.
Against a player like Kasatkina, Hsieh would believe she has an outside chance given her opponent’s form but the Chinese Taipei player herself needs to shrug some of her rust off to get any kind of momentum.
Kasatkina v Hsieh Prediction and Tip
This looks to be a straightforward call with Kasatkina expected to come through in straight sets against the struggling Hsieh.