Caroline Wozniacki remains in control of her destiny in the WTA rankings, with her spot at No.1 confirmed if she wins a second straight slam this year – however unlikely that may seem. She faces her first tough test in round four, playing the Russian Daria Kasatkina. They have already met twice this year with Kasatkina being successful in straight sets on both occasions.
Having to beat Danielle Collins, Georgina Garcia-Perez and Pauline Parmentier for a spot in the fourth round is not particularly the toughest route for a player but the second seed dealt with it with the minimum of fuss. She won the first 8 games against Parmentier before eventually settling for a 6-0 6-3 victory against the Frenchwoman. “I feel pretty good,” she said. “I think I played some solid tennis, and I’m happy to be through to the fourth round here again.”
Kasatkina is in the last 16 thanks to a three set win over Maria Sakkari, beating the Greek 6-1 1-6 6-3. Surprisingly, it is her first French Open fourth round and just the second at a slam in her career. Kasatkina is a former Girls champion at the event, having beat Ivana Jorovic in the final 4 years ago. Justine Henin was the last player to win both, having won the the junior event in 1997. While the No.14 seed is far from a favourite to win the title, a run to final would not be the most suprising thing. The bottom half collapsing has provided opportunities for many a player to make a name for themselves.
Despite two wins over Wozniacki this year, she won’t be taking another victory as given. “She’s a really tough opponent to play, and we’ve never faced each other on clay before. It’s going to be a completely different match than the ones we played. It’s going to be a tough one for sure, and I have to prepare well,” Kasatkina said.
Prediction – Daria Kasatkina in three sets