World No. 34 Daria Kasatkina of Russia will take on compatriot Vera Zvonareva in the first round of the 2021 Eastbourne International on Tuesday, June 22. Get the live streaming options of this Daria Kasatkina v Vera Zvonareva match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daria Kasatkina v Vera Zvonareva Head to Head
They have met twice before with Zvonareva winning the quarterfinal in St. Petersburg in 2019 and Kasatkina winning the Round-of-64 battle in Rome last year.
Kasatkina Comes In As Birmingham Finalist
Daria Kasatkina comes to Eastbourne as the runner-up of the Birmingham Classic.
The Russian, who had won both her previous finals this year had an opportunity to win a third on Sunday, but was outplayed by Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in straight sets, missing out on an opportunity to win her first title on grass.
Kasatkina, who has a career record of 14-9 on grass, was a quarterfinalist at Eastbourne in 2018 and went on to reach the last eight at Wimbledon the same year. She , however, lost in the first rounds of both the tournaments in 2019.
This year, the 24-year-old has a 24-10 record. She lifted the Phillip Island Trophy by beating Marie Bouzkova and then clinched the St. Petersburg crown by defeating Margarita Gasparyan for her fourth career title.
Kasatkina, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 10 in 2018, had previously won titles in Charleston and Moscow in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Zvonareva Qualifies for the Main Draw
Facing Kasatkina in the first round will be former World No. 2 Vera Zvonareva.
The 36-year-old Russian, who was a Wimbledon finalist in 2010, qualified for the main draw after dispatching two solid French players in Fiona Fero and Kristina Mladenovic.
Zvonareva defeated Ferro 6-2, 6-4 in the first qualifying round and then beat Mladenovic 6-3, 7-5 in the second qualifying round on Sunday.
A 12-time winner on the WTA tour, the veteran, who saw a slide in the rankings since 2015, broke back into the top 100 this May. Currently ranked 97th in the world, Zvonareva has featured in 30 singles finals, but none since losing the Pan Pacific final to Agnieszka Radwanska in 2011. She, however, has done well in the doubles game, and also won her first Grand Slam in eight years when she won the U.S. Open doubles title with Laura Siegemund last year.
This year, Zvonareva is 9-7 in the main draws and that includes a run to the semifinals in St. Petersburg. She also made it to the Round of 16 in Rome, where playing as a qualifier, she defeated Petra Kvitova in the second round but fell to Karolina Pliskova.
The Russian is 37-19 on grass and 6-7 at Eastbourne, making a return to the tournament after 10 years.
Kasatkina v Zvonareva Prediction and Tip
Kasatkina’s form gives her the edge, but Zvonareva has shown time and again that she still is a fierce competitor. Expect a good contest with Kasatkina edging through.