World No. 35 Daria Kasatkina of Russia will meet World No. 90 Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Birmingham Open on Friday, June 18. Get the live streaming options of this Daria Kasatkina v Tereza Martincova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daria Kasatkina v Tereza Martincova Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between the 24-year-old Kasatkina and the 26-year-old Martincova.
Kasatkina Wins First Match Against Kostyuk
Having lost both her previous matches against her Round of 16 opponent, Marta Kostyuk, fourth seed Daria Kasatkina may have felt a bit of pressure before the start of the contest, but she didn’t show that on her game as she came out all guns blazing. Although she did face strong resistance from the gutsy Ukrainian in the second set, Kasatkina wrapped up the contest in straight sets to register her first win against the 18-year-old in the second round on Thursday.
Ranked 35th in the world, the Russian raced to a one-set-to-love lead but stuttered in the second set, which saw seven break of serves from both players combined. One of those breaks came while Kastkina was serving for the match at 5-4, but she quickly got her fourth break of the second set in the next game and then held on for a 6-2, 7-5 win in an hour and 23 minutes.
The 24-year-old, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 10 in 2018, had begun her Birmingham Open campaign with a come-from-behind win over Slovenia’s Polona Hercog on Tuesday. The Russian won the first-round match 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 12 minutes.
It has been a wonderful year for Kasatkina, who is two from two in finals this year. One of those was at the Phillip Island Trophy where she defeated Marie Bouzkova in the final for her third career title. She then went on to add a fourth career title, by winning the WTA 500 in St. Petersburg.
A 2018 Wimbledon quarterfinalist, Kasatkina is 22-9 this year. Although she didn’t have a great clay season, going 5-5, she will be hoping to keep the momentum going on grass.
Back-to-Back Quarterfinals for Martincova
On Friday, Kasatkina will face Czech Republic’s Tereza Martincova, who reached her second quarterfinal in two weeks after edging out Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in three sets on Thursday.
The World No. 90 saved nine of 13 break points and converted five of 10 to win the two-hour-and-21-minute Round-of-16 contest 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-2.
Last week, Martincova had reached the quarterfinals in Nottingham by defeating America’s Caroline Dolehide and Spain’s Georgina Garcia Perez in the first two rounds but fell to Nina Stojanovic in the last eight.
In Birmingham, Martincova got a walkover in the first qualifying round after her opponent Dalila Jakupovic retired while trailing 2-4 in the first set. The Czech then defeated Garcia Perez a second time in two weeks to make it to the main draw.
Martincova continued her good form in the first round as she dumped out Sam Stosur with a 6-3, 6-4 win.
A winner of four ITF titles, Martincova made a maiden third-round appearance at a WTA 1000 event earlier this year, when she reached the Round of 16 in Dubai by beating Kristyna Pliskova and Kiki Bertens but she was stopped from advancing further by Cori Gauff. The Czech also won her first match at a major, beating Ivana Jorovic at the French Open, but lost to Jessica Pegula in the second round.
Kasatkina v Martincova Prediction and Tip
Martincova has got into a good rhythm on grass but it will take a lot to stop Kasatkina from progressing. Expect the Russian to advance to a third semifinal in 2021. She went on to win the titles on both the previous occasions.