Athletistic/Tennis. Elena Rybakina will face Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Canadian Open.

Third seed Rybakina started her campaign with a hard-fought win over Jennifer Brady. Several times Elena was inches away from defeat, but she managed to defeat the American 6-7(3), 7-5(5), 6-3, spending nearly three hours on the court.

Next, Rybakina defeated fellow American Sloan Stevens in straight sets and improved the season’s stats to 37-9.

Kasatkina, meanwhile, has more solid wins in her three matches played this week. The Russian beat experienced tennis players Eliza Mertens and Marie Bouzkova in straight sets, along with her compatriot Ana Blinkova, securing her place in the quarter-finals.

This is a significant achievement, considering the early crashes Kasatkina has had to endure in the past two tournaments. She is now 27-14 this season.

Kasatkina defeated Rybakina in personal matches with the score 2:1. Their last meeting took place this season in San José, where the Russian won in three sets.

Montreal’s fast courts supported Rybakina’s powerful serve, a weapon she used effectively to get out of sticky situations. Kasatkina, who usually plays well on reception, will have to do her best to win the match and reach the semis, as her opponent scores 70% of the points on first serve.

Kasatkina’s own serve is worrying as she has allowed 34 break points in three matches so far. Faced with a rival of Rybakina’s level, this can cost her dearly.

The Russian has the skills to trap an opponent with a network of tricky shots and short shots, but if Rybakina can be patient and not rush into the draws, she should advance to the semis. The winner of this match will face Belinda Bencic from Switzerland or Lyudmila Samsonova from Russia.

Forecast: Rybakina will win in three sets.

Vyacheslav Gorbachev/Athletistic

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