Caroline Wozniacki vs Daria Kasatkina live streaming, preview and tips: Three-time Indian Wells finalist Wozniacki targets quarterfinals

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  • Second seed Caroline Wozniacki takes on rising Russian Daria Kasatkina in the fourth round of Indian Wells
  • Wozniacki vs Kasatkina BNP Paribas Open tennis is live from Indian Wells on Tuesday at 6pm local/1pm GMT
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After scraping through a tough third-round duel, second seed Caroline Wozniacki prepares for another stern test against the rising Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Daria Kasatkina BNP Paribas Open tennis is live from Indian Wells on Tuesday at 6pm local/1am GMT. Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > sports > tennis

Daria Kasatkina beat Caroline Wozniacki in St Petersburg a few weeks ago – can the rising Russian reprise that win on the bigger stage of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells to make the quarterfinals for the second time?

No other active player has won as many matches at Indian Wells as Wozniacki, with the Dane owning an impressive 32-10 record at the Premier Mandatory event, reaching the final three times – finishing runner-up to Jelena Jankovic in 2009 and Maria Sharapova in 2013, and claiming the title herself in 2011 when she beat Marion Bartoli in the title match. And Wozniacki has rarely come into the event with better reason to be confident, after winning the two biggest titles of her career – the WTA Finals Singapore and then the long-coveted first major title at the Australian Open – over the past six months.

Wozniacki has compiled an impressive 17-3 record so far in 2018, warming up for what turned out to be her title run at the Australian Open with a runner-up finish to Julia Goerges at the ASB Classic and then performing well to reach the semifinals of the Qatar Total Open in Doha before losing to Petra Kvitova. In fact, she’s only lost before the semifinals of one of the four tournaments she’s played so far this season coming into the BNP Paribas Open – and that was the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy, where she was ousted in the quarterfinals by Tuesday’s fourth-round opponent, Daria Kasatkina. 

All in all, Wozniacki isn’t showing too many signs of the usual post-Slam slump – in her case, more to do with the anti-climax and re-evaluation that follows the attainment of a career-long goal than the more usual adjustment to a new level of expectation and media attention – but she hasn’t had it all her own way at Indian Wells so far. The second seed (Wozniacki has resigned the world no. 1 ranking to Simona Halep, although she could claim it back this week) opened with a solid 6-4, 6-1 win over Lara Arruabarrena, but she had to work extremely hard against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Monday. 

Sasnovich, a rapidly improving 23-year-old who made the Brisbane final as a qualifier in January, took a commanding lead over Wozniacki in the first set before the Dane reeled off five games in a row to lead 6-4. But despite rapidly climbing double-fault numbers, Sasnovich stuck to her aggressive game plan, injecting pace on her flat backhand to devastating effect and crafting points beautifully, often relying on her exceptional touch and feel to finish off – like a divine drop shot and lob combination play she employed to go up a double break in the second set. Wozniacki, meanwhile, was struggling to find her best tennis or figure out how best to play the Belarusian and found herself not just dragged to a third set, but broken to begin it. A Sasnovich double fault saw the Dane break back and for the first time in the match, Wozniacki started to really fire – producing some straightforward service holds that kept the pressure on her tiring opponent, and hitting a couple of forehand winners on the run. Wozniacki was broken twice in the third set, but broke three times herself and, saving break point when she was serving for the match when Sasnovich’s lob drifted long, finally closed out the win 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. 

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‘I was struggling finding my rhythm,’ Wozniacki said. ‘I didn't really feel comfortable out there today. Didn't really get my game going the way I wanted to. 
‘She made it difficult, as well,’ the second seed added. ‘She was taking the ball early, and especially the backhand, she was redirecting it really well.’

Wozniacki will be facing quite a different challenge against Kasatkina – but one she will be wary of. 

Daria Kasatkina  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The Russian’s third-round win over Sloane Stephens saw her complete a quartet of victories over reigning Grand Slam champions – French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko at last year’s US Open, Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in Dubai, Australian Open champion Wozniacki in St Petersburg and now US Open winner Stephens at Indian Wells. 

Kasatkina made her first Indian Wells quarterfinal in 2016 and won her first WTA title, at the Premier-level Volvo Car Open in Charleston where she beat Ostapenko in the final, just over a year later. Kasatkina struggled for form for some time afterwards, but revived in the late season when she made the fourth round of the US Open, a second Premier Mandatory quarterfinal in Beijing and finished runner-up to Goerges at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. That took her into the top 25 to start 2018 and although she had a disappointing January – going 1-3 with first-round defeats in Brisbane and Sydney and a lackluster second-round defeat to Magda Linette at the Australian Open – she is 9-3 since then, beating Wozniacki in St Petersburg to make the semifinals before losing to Kristina Mladenovic and scoring a quartet of impressive victories in Dubai to reach the final, beating Agnieszka Radwanska, Johanna Konta, Elena Vesnina and Muguruza before falling to Elina Svitolina in the final. 

Ranked inside the top 20 for the first time after that Dubai final, Kasatkina has always been an incredibly talented player whose biggest problem in many ways is figuring out the right way to play – she’s a gifted defender who can also attack and dictate points, although more with the weight of her heavy forehand and her variety of shots than with sheer power. Against Stephens in the third round, it was the Russian who appeared far more tactically savvy, wowing the Stadium 1 crowd with her athleticism and ability to produce explosive winners on the run. In contrast, Stephens often appeared confused about what she needed to be doing as Kasatkina wrapped up a fairly straightforward 6-4, 6-3 victory.

There’s a definite ‘youth charge’ at the BNP Paribas Open this week – 20-year-old Kasatkina is joined in the round of 16 by 18-year-old Marketa Vondrousova, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka and 16-year-old Amanda Anisimova – but Kasatkina, to my eyes, is looking as impressive as anyone. What’s interesting about she and Wozniacki facing off is that neither is going to remotely overwhelm the other with power. Both can run for hours and track down almost every ball; it’s going to be a question of which can maneouvre the other out of position – Wozniacki with her backhand, Kasatkina with her forehand. If the Dane is having a good service day, and if she is being proactive and attacking down the lines, I think she has the advantage. But Wozniacki hasn’t been playing that well of late. Kasatkina has. I can see the confident Russian pulling off another win over the second seed and booking her place in the quarterfinals of Indian Wells.

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