Indian Wells 2023: Daria Kasatkina vs Varvara Gracheva – Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction


8th seed Daria Kasatkina takes on Russian qualifier Varvara Gracheva in the round of 32 of the 2023 Indian Wells on Monday.

Daria Kasatkina

Daria Kasatkina

The Russian No. 1 finished runner-up in the Adelaide International 2 in January but hasn’t been able to put on a noteworthy performance since then. She came into Indian Wells after being ousted in the round of 32 by eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova.

After receiving a bye into the second round, Kasatkina eased past Tatjana Maria in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. Kasatkina converted 7 out of 13 break points in the match. Maria committed 6 double faults and that didn’t help her cause. Kasatkina will take a lot of confidence from this win as she hasn’t been in great form as of late.

Varvara Gracheva

The 22-year-old came into the tournament on the back of a run to the finals in the ATX Open. In the first two rounds of qualifying, Gracheva defeated Petra Marcinko and Anna-Lena Friedsam.

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Varvara Gracheva (Tennis Channel – Twitter)

Gracheva is yet to drop a set in the main draw of the tournament. She outplayed Ysaline Bonaventure in the round of 128, winning the match 6-2, 6-2. Gracheva converted 4 out of 7 break points in this encounter and had a win percentage of 76 on the first serve. In the round of 64, Gracheva stunned 25th seed Petra Martic and won the match 6-3, 6-2. The youngster’s serve wasn’t broken during the match.

Head-to-Head and Prediction

The head-to-head scoreline is intriguingly poised at 1-1. Gracheva annihilated Kasatkina in their most recent encounter in the first round of the 2023 Australian Open, winning the match 6-1, 6-1.

Prediction: Varvara Gracheva to win in three sets.

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