Russia’s Daria Kasatkina, currently ranked 10 in the world, will play Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, the world number 32, in the first round of the Sydney International on January 8.
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Daria Kasatkina v Aliaksandra Sasnovich Head to Head
The pair have played each other four times before, with 21-year old Kasatkina currently leading their series of matches 3-1. Her first victory came in a Fed Cup Group play-off in April 2016, and that was followed by straight set wins in Cincinnati and Moscow the following year.
However, encouragingly for Sasnovich, who is three years the senior of the two, she won the last meeting between the two, in the first round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows in August, beating her higher ranked opponent in straight sets.
She also comes into the tournament buoyed by a win over the world number 4, Elina Svitolina, who she beat in three sets in the Brisbane International last week.
Kasatkina v Sasnovich – Who will Win?
Despite being the higher ranked player and the eighth seed for this tournament, the majority of online bookmakers make Sasnovich the slight favourite for this match. This may be based on their last meeting or her victory over Svitolina, but does seem to ignore the disparity in their overall records.
Sasnovich has never won a senior WTA title, whereas Kasatkina has two to her name so far to date, winning the Charleston Open whilst she was just a teenager, and then the Kremlin Cup in front of her home fans last October.
She also ended Svetlana Kuznetsova’s reign as the top female Russian singles player last year, and reached two Grand Slam quarter-finals, in Paris and at Wimbledon.
The two appear evenly matched so this could go either way.