The world number 34 Daria Kasatkina will be up against Jelena Ostapenko, ranked 43rd in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Eastbourne International on Thursday, June 24. Get the live streaming options of this Jelena Ostapenko v Daria Kasatkina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jelena Ostapenko v Daria Kasatkina Head to Head
There have been three previous matches played between these two and Kasatkina leads 2-1. There was one meeting on grass too when they faced off in this very tournament in 2016 as well and Ostapenko had won that in three sets.
Ostapenko Makes it Two Shocks in a Row
In her first round match, Ostapenko was drawn to face the French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and had come through 6-1, 6-3. She followed that up with a victory over the Birmingham Open title winner from last week, Ons Jabeur to seal her quarterfinal berth.
Ostapenko overturned a set deficit to carve out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jabeur in a match that lasted an hour and 46 minutes.
What began as an early 4-2 lead for Ostapenko saw her drop serve two times in the opening set to go 1-0 down. A string of six breaks of serves in the first seven games allowed a 4-4 scoreline but as Jabeur served to stay in the set, she was broken yet again and the match was pushed into a decider.
All of a sudden from seven breaks in the previous set, neither player found it easy to get past the opponent, and it was only in the eighth game that Ostapenko broke her opponent off her fourth break-point. And soon she served it out to clinch the match and a place in the last eight.
She now faces the in-form Kasatkina in her last eight match.
Kasatkina Continues to Impress This Year
Having narrowly missed out on adding a third title to her tally this season when she lost to Ons Jabeur in the final in Birmingham last week. Kasatkina registered a shock win over Iga Swiatek to make it to the quarterfinal here.
After losing the first set, such was Kasatkina’s dominance over her opponent, Swiatek was blown away from the court to fall 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 to award the Russian a place in the last eight.
Helped by Swiatek’s 37 unforced errors and just three second serve points won in the final two sets, Kasatkina looked to have lifted her game when it really mattered and first levelled the match with a second set bagel and then raced off to a 4-1 lead.
Swiatek had overturned the proceedings from that kind of a scoreline in her previous round match but this time around, her Russian opponent didn’t allow her back in as she raced off to a win.
Kasatkina could hold the edge in her quarterfinal match.
Ostapenko v Kasatkina Prediction and Tip
It’s interesting to note Ostapenko starts a favourite at 5/6 while Kasatkina is only marginally behind at 1/1. Backing the Russian to continue her good form and clinch the victory.