Athletistic/Tennis. Daria Kasatkina, seeded 14th, will face Paula Bdosa of Spain in a third-round match at the 2024 Wimbledon tournament.

Badosa came into Wimbledon after reaching the quarter-finals in Bad Homburg last week, where she lost to Russian Diana Schneider in straight sets. She opened the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Karolina Muchova, who was playing her first match since last year’s US Open due to a wrist injury. Badosa then faced Czech junior Brenda Fruhvirtova in the second round. The match went to nine breaks and the Spaniard eventually emerged victorious 6-4, 6-2.

Kasatkina arrived at Wimbledon after a stunning week in Eastbourne, where she managed to lift the trophy. She beat tennis players such as Yuan Yue, Emma Raducanu and Jasmine Paolini, and then left Leila Fernandez no chance in the final. Kasatkina played her first match at Wimbledon against China’s Zhang Shuai and won comfortably 6-3, 6-0. In the second round, she dominated Britain’s Yuriko Miyazaki and scored two falls, winning 6-0, 6-0.

Paula Badosa and Daria Kasatkina have met four times and have drawn 2-2 in their head-to-head encounters. The Spaniard won their last meeting 6-1, 6-1 in Stuttgart last year.

Predictions for the match between Daria Kasatkina and Paula Badosa

Both tennis players are coming into the match in top form. Badosa has played well in the early stages of Wimbledon, especially in the second match. She won an incredible 31 points on her opponent’s serve in the second round and converted 6 of 7 possible break points. Although she almost never went to the net, these outings were effective each time. Kasatkina also played two excellent matches at Wimbledon, hanging three pins – two by Miyazaki and one by Zhang Shuai.

She won 77% of her first serve points in both matches and was just as strong on her return, converting 11 of the 17 opportunities she was given.

Kasatkina enters the match as the favorite, given her brilliant performance at Eastbourne and Wimbledon. Badosa will have to jump over her head, especially since this season she has no victories over tennis players from the top 20 of the WTA ranking, and Kasatkina is 12th. And the last such victory was in May 2023, when in Rome she beat Ons Jabeur and reached the quarterfinals. And this Masters in Rome was the last one where Badosa won 4 matches in one tournament. Kastkina should beat such an opponent, but it will not be as easy as in the first two rounds. Perhaps Badosa will succeed even for a set.

Forecast: Kasatkina will win in two sets.