The 2nd seed Maria Sakkari of Greece takes on 6th seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the quarterfinal of the 2022 WTA German Open on Friday, June 17. Get the live streaming options of this Maria Sakkari v Daria Kasatkina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Maria Sakkari v Daria Kasatkina Head to Head
They played four times before and Kasatkina won all of them. The most recent one in Madrid was won by Kasatkina 3-6 6-3 6-1.
Strong Play By Sakkar in Berlin
Maria Sakkari is playing her 2nd event on grass and it’s proving fruitful. Her level is much higher in Berlin than it was in Nottingham and it’s translating to fairly comfortable wins. A 6-3 6-2 win over Leolia Jeanjean was a good warm-up for her.
She dropped only two points behind her first serve in that one. That was followed up by dropping only four points behind her first serve against Daria Saville. She won that match 6-1 7-5 which is fairly good after hitting her first serve only 44 % of the time.
Overall it’s been a very strong showing from Sakkari who moves really well on grass. She is on every ball and she can attack with her precision rather well. The serve is useful but even if she’s not hitting it at a high rate she finds a solution. The biggest task comes against Kasatkina who has her number.
She never beat her before so there should be some motivation there. Sakkari will be desperate to finally down Kasatkina.
Battle, Battle, Battle for Kasatkina
Daria Kasatkina has has a breakout season so far but it’s not her first one. Tennis fans know about her for a long time as she broke out years ago but she’s now finally showing that consistency that was never there in the past. She’s firmly in the top 10 in the Race and will probably finish top 10 if she keeps this up.
So far it’s been very consistent and strong play even on grass. I mean it’s not her best surface but she’s played a final on it before so she can play well. It’s the tricky playstyle that makes players go mad when they face her. It’s the way she bested both Anhelina Kalinina and Ekaterina Alexandrova so far.
Both players were able to win a set against her but eventually, they were driven to madness by Kasatkina who keeps battling until you simply quit. The win over Alexandrova was particularly special because she went 6-1 6-1 after dropping the first set.
That came against a player who won a trophy on grass last week so there might have been some fatigue but still, quite impressive. 25-11 so far on the season just shows how good she’s been. Take note.
Sakkari v Kasatkina Prediction and Tip
This is a very tricky match to predict. For one, Sakkari is playing very good tennis so far. Statistically, she is the favourite and for good reason. Sakkari should win this match realistically. However, I’m going to side with Kasatkina simply because she never beat her in the past.
The Russian has a way of getting into Sakkari’s mind and the Madrid match showcased it perfectly. Maria was cruising, she was winning points easily until she wasn’t. She never found the rhythm again and she lost the final set 6-1. I could see something like that happening here as well.
Kasatkina won both matches in Berlin that way so why not a 3rd. She’s been far more consistent than Sakkari so far this year. But be careful, this is a very risky play.