It will be a battle of youth and experience to begin the night session on Friday night at Indian Wells when Venus Williams takes on Daria Kasatkina. Victory would see Venus into her 16th Premier (or equivalent) final while Kasatkina is seeking her first, having made 3 quarter finals previously.
Kasatkina is having the tournament of her life with three straight wins over slam winners, the most recent of them coming against Angelique Kerber. The German had no answer for Kasatkina’s variety and was sent packing in 58 minutes 6-0 6-2. Kasatkina broke to begin the match to set the tone while backing it up on serve with an impressive 82% first serve percentage. “Everything what I showed today I was doing on the practices, so was just playing, like, really calm,” a confident Kasatkina said afterwards.
Venus extended her head to head lead over Carla Suarez Navarro to 6-3 with a similarly comfortable win over the Spaniard, breaking her 4 times in the 6-3 6-2 victory. “I’m definitely happy, you kind of hope for this kind of scoreline, but you never know if you’re actually going to get it. I was happy with way I played, playing deep in a big tournament is exciting, fantastic.” she said.
“She is a legend and it would be on one of the biggest courts. It is about enjoying every second on the court.” Kasatkina said of Venus. If this week has proved anything, it’s that Kasatkina should be seeing herself as equals with players like Venus on court even with her illustrious career. 2-2 so far against the eighth seed, win No.3 would be the biggest of her career so far although more are sure to come.
Prediction – Daria Kasatkina in three sets