Kasatkina vs Niemeier: prediction for the WTA Bad Homburg match
After the Roland Garros semifinals Daria Kasatkina had a successful transition to the grass. Last week, Russian player reached the quarter-final at Berlin, where she was beaten by Maria Sakkari (0:6, 3:6).
In the first round of Bad Homburg tournament Daria managed to easily beat Andrea Petkovic (6:1, 6:2). German player was beaten in just one hour and eight minutes. Kasatkina put up a great receiving performance, winning 58% of points.
At the beginning of June, Jule Niemeier won the Makarska tournament on clay. Though, her transition to grass proved to be unsuccessful. Last week, she was unlucky enough to play against Belinda Bencic in the first round of Berlin tournament. German player suffered a defeat, but managed to put up a good fight (4:6, 7:5, 3:6).
Niemeier got off to a successful start of Bad Homburg tournament. She secured a victory over Claire Liu in straight sets (6:2, 6:2). Jule had some problems with the first serve (hit percentage was only at 42%). However, her opponent was unable to gain any significant advantage of that.
This bet won in three of five latest matches of Kasatkina
In three of five latest matches of Niemeier no more than nine games were played in the second set
Niemeier managed to gain form and she is now playing at her homeland. However, she is unlikely to beat the Russian player. Kasatkina maintains a high level of performance since the clay part of the season, she is confident now and is ready to break into the Top-10. Niemeier is not so great, when it comes to offense, her moves are mostly predictable. In the first round match Niemeier also had some problems with the first serve and Daria might be able to gain advantage.
Our prediction - Kasatkina to win with a handicap of (-3) games
Kasatkina had an impressive seven-game winning streak on clay, she won all of these matches in straight sets. In the first round of Bad Homburg tournament Daria lost only three games to Petkovic. We are expecting another confident victory from the Russian player.
Our second bet is on total under 21 games