TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Elina Svitolina (5) meets Daria Kasatkina (25) in the Third Round on Friday September 3rd, 2021.
Elina Svitolina is a dark horse contender for the title here at the 2021 US Open, and has started well so far. She will be hoping to keep her fine momentum going as she seeks to win her first major title. Next up in the Ukrainian’s path is Daria Kasatkina, an experienced player inside the top 30. Who will get the win and advance to the Round of 16?
Elina Svitolina is the #5 seed here at the 2021 US Open and is currently the world number five. The Ukrainian has been one of the most solid and consistent performers on the WTA Tour, but is still chasing that elusive Grand Slam. She has performed well at most of the events that he has played and will hope that he can keep that momentum going. The fifth seed has started strongly here in New York, defeating Masarova and Marino both in straight sets. If she is playing well she is the massive favorite here against Daria Kasatkina, and will be expecting to advance here.
Daria Kasatkina is is the 25th seed here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #27 on the WTA Tour. The Russian has been in great form this year, reaching four Finals and winning two of them. She has matured greatly as a player and is no longer prone to huge mental lapses that affect her game. She started strongly here in New York, defeating Tsvetana Pironkova easily in the First Round before overcoming Marketa Vondrousova in a tough three setter in the Second. She is playing with lots of confidence and while she is the big underdog here against Elina Svitolina she is capable of a good performance here.
This will be the sixth meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour, with Svitolina leading the head to head series by a shocking margin of 5-0. The Ukrainian has dominated this matchup and has only ever lost two sets to the Russian. I am expecting yet another win for Elina Svitolina here, as she is the better player and will be more focused throughout. She has the advantage in just about every category and I don’t think that Daria Kasatkina is any match for her. Svitolina will win this encounter in straight sets, advancing to the Round of 16 here at the 2021 US Open.
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