Well, quarter finals don’t go more one-sided than that!
In Qatar I watched Daria Kasatkina take on CiCi Bellis and during the match which Kasatkina lost 5-7 1-4 having retired with an injury I said she ran out of ideas and I stand by that.
Her performance against CiCi lacked any thought. She continued to go to that backhand slice as she couldn’t generate much else in the game and it began to become tough to keep in rallies.
However a complete turnaround in recent weeks, the talent has always been there but chanelling her game is tough for a lot of up-coming players however with wins against Muguruza of late and this week Kerber and Wozniacki at Indian Wells without dropping a set she is proving to be a tough opponent who doesn’t let you rest.
Dasha performed really well against Kerber, she used her variety and we are seeing her cement her game and against a player like Kerber to have her rattled with the way she has performed this year is a great compliment to how she played.
She picks her opportunities on shots and you just have to sit there and say ‘too good’. The forehand irritated Kerber, the spin and bounce she got on it teased the former world number who couldn’t capatalise and in a match where you win 6-0 6-2 the focus does get pulled towards the player who lost.
Kerber didn’t play great at all but the focus should be on Kasatkina for such an experienced performance for someone just 20 years old and it bothered Kerber and she couldn’t react to make herself competitive in the match for longer than a couple of games at the beginning of set two where she started to drive the forehand and shouting ‘Come on’ but big credit to Daria who didn’t let winning the first in 22 minutes 6-0 let her level drop, she knew she had a job to do still and it can be one of the toughest things in tennis when you win a set 6-0 to stay focus if anything there is more pressure but she has fun.
It was what I would call relentless and it’s quite fitting she loves watching Barcelona who have been relentless for years in European football. Her coached called her an artist and she is certainly showing us that at Indian Wells!