Tenth seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland will face World No. 37 Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Wednesday, June 2. Get the live streaming options of this Belinda Bencic v Daria Kasatkina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Belinda Bencic v Daria Kasatkina Head to Head
It’s 2-2 from their four previous meetings. Bencic won the semifinal at St. Petersburg in 2016, while Kasatkina got her revenge in the Round of 32 in Moscow the same year. The Russian then beat the Swiss in the Round of 32 in St Petersburg in 2017, while Bencic drew level by winning a Round of 32 contest in Adelaide last year. None of their four matches so far has needed a third set.
Bencic Off to a Flying Start
No. 10 seed Belinda Bencic began her 2021 French Open campaign with a straight sets rout of last year’s semifinalist Nadia Podoroska of Argentina.
Dominating the contest from the beginning, the Swiss needed just 68 minutes to beat the Argentinian 6-0, 6-3. Bencic struck 22 winners compared to Podoroska’s four and had just 18 unforced errors against her opponent’s 26.
Winning 26 of 40 receiving points, the Swiss won five of nine break points, and allowed just one break to Podoroska. The win improved the 24-year-old to 12-10 this season.
A four-time winner on the tour, Bencic had a slow start to the year, falling in the first round of the Grampians Trophy and then reaching only as far as the third round of the Australian Open, where she was beaten by Elise Mertens.
The 2019 U.S. Open semifinalist, however, struck form in Adelaide, reaching an 11th career final by beating Misaki Doi, Storm Sanders and Cori Gauff on the way. She eventually had to settle for a seventh runner-up finish in her career after a straight sets loss to Iga Swiatek.
On clay, Bencic was 4-4 this year before the start of the French Open, reaching just won quarterfinal in Madrid, where she was beaten by Paula Badosa a second time in 2021, having fallen to the Spaniard in Charleston as well.
Kasatkina Edges Past Doi
In the second round, Bencic will face Russia’s Daria Kasatkina, who kept her perfect first-round record at the French Open intact by defeating Japan’s Misaki Doi and reaching the second round for the sixth consecutive year.
The 2018 Roland Garros quarterfinalist, Kasatkina needed two hours and 23 minutes to beat the Japanese player 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
In a contest that had little to choose between the two players, Kasatkina broke her opponent’s serve eight times in the match while getting broken on six occasions. The Russian hit 32 winners compared to Doi’s 30, and had 41 unforced errors, 14 fewer than the World No. 79.
Ranked 37th in the world, Kasatkina is having an extremely successful year, which has seen her win two titles.
The 24-year-old, who reached the Round of 16 in Abu Dhabi and the Gippsland Trophy, lost to Aryna Sabalenka in the second round of the Australian Open, in what was a sluggish start to the year.
However, she got into a good rhythm at the Phillip Island Trophy, winning her first title since 2018 by beating Marie Bouzkova in the final. A couple of weeks later, Kasatkina won her fourth career title, by beating compatriot Margarita Gasparyan in the final in St. Petersburg. Kasatkina was leading 6-3, 2-1 when Gasparyan was forced to retire with a back injury.
Kasatkina didn’t have a great clay season so far, coming to Paris with a 3-4 record this year. However, having gone past the first round at Roland Garros once again, she will be hoping to go deeper in the tournament.
Bencic v Kasatkina Prediction and Tip
This is going to be a close contest. Bencic is higher-ranked and the seeded player, but hasn’t had the best of seasons so far. Kasatkina has already won two titles this year and has a better record on clay compared to the Swiss. Should be a good contest with a third set separating the two.