No. 10 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany will meet 20th seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the third round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Monday, October 11. Get the live streaming options of this Angelique Kerber v Daria Kasatkina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Angelique Kerber v Daria Kasatkina Head to Head
It’s 4-4 from their previous eight meetings but Kasatkina leads 4-2 on hard courts and won their only previous meeting at Indian Wells in 2018, beating the German 6-0, 6-2.
Kasatkina also won their most recent encounter, winning in Toronto in 2019.
Kerber Prevails in Three-Set Thriller
2019 Indian Wells runner-up began her 2021 challenge with a tough three-set victory over the Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova.
Kerber won the first set with ease, but just couldn’t find a way to win in straight sets as a determined Siniakova kept coming back each time she conceded a break. There were a total of eight breaks of serve, with each player getting four break apiece. Siniakova eventually took the set in a tiebreak and forced the decider.
The third set was equally intriguing with both players breaking each other twice in the first five games and then neither ready to blink until Kerber finally broke the Czech’s determination in the 12th games to take the edge-of-the-seat contest 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5.
The two hour and 26 minute contest saw as many as 226 points in the match with Kerber winning 118 of them.
The German left-hander was in terrific form till the U.S. Open but came to Indian Wells on the back of two consecutive defeats. She lost to Leylah Fernandez in a dramatic Round of 16 three-setter at Flushing Meadows and then lost her opening round match at the Ostrava Open to Jil Teichmann.
Saturday’s win improved the World No. 15 to 27-14 this year. It’s a year when the 33-year-old ended a three-year title drought to capture her 13th tour-level title, when she beat Siniakova in the final in Hamburg.
Kereber had made it to the final at Indian Wells in 2019 finished runner-up to Bianca Andreescu.
Kasatkina Advances After Sharma Retirement
2018 Indian Wells finalist Daria Kasatkina moved into the third round of this year’s edition after her second round opponent Astra Sharma retired midway during the first set.
Kasatkina, playing for the first time since her third round exit from the U.S. Open, was trailing 3-4 when the Australian was forced to retire. Sharma had already broken the World no. 30 thrice, while the Russian had got two breaks herself before the match came to a pre-matured end.
Kasatkina had gone all the way to the final at Indian Wells in 2018, defeating Kerber on the way, but couldn’t stop Naomi Osaka from winning the title.
This Russian, who won the St. Petersburg and the Phillip Island trophies this year was also a finalist in Birmingham and San Jose, but since that runner-up finish at San Jose in the first week of August, has struggled to make deep runs in tournaments. She is 5-4 from her previous four tournaments, reaching the last eight in Cleveland but making early exits from Montreal, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open. How far will she go in Indian Wells?
Kerber v Kasatkina Prediction and Tip
It’s an evenly matched contest, and neither player has been able to dominate the rivalry. Expect a close contest, with Kerber, who has been in better form recently, prevailing in three sets.