Daria Kasatkina vs Varvara Gracheva Prediction and Odds: Australian Open

Ready to watch the 8th seed, Kasatkina in action at Melbourne Park? She takes on Gracheva in this interesting first-round battle. And I’ve found two red hot wagers that you can make:

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

Kasatkina vs Gracheva – Match Predictions

As of the most recent rankings update, Daria Kasatkina is back to her career-high ranking of number 8. She had a great 2022 season and has started 2023 with a solid performance in the Adelaide International event. As for Gracheva, she is number 97 in the world, which shows a huge difference between these two on paper. Adding to the likely one-sided outcome for this clash, the two have played once before.

Interestingly, this was played in Melbourne in 2021 during a 250 warm-up event. Kasatkina won this match fairly easily, and it’s likely that this one will result in a similar outcome. Yet in terms of the most enticing tennis predictions today, I’d like to draw your attention to the following:

Kasatkina Games Handicap -5.5

I’ve chosen to go for this particular market for two different reasons. Firstly, she destroyed two top-level opponents in Adelaide last week without dropping a set. And secondly, in their first meeting, Kasatkina took the win by a score of 6-4, 6-3. Since she’s even better than she was back then, I think this is a good shout.

Kasatkina To Win 2-0

Since I’m going for a -5.5 game handicap in Kasatkina’s favour, it makes sense to back this up with a 2-0 set prediction. Bear in mind that this was the outcome of their first meeting. Yet now, Kasatkina is in much better form and she is a much more experienced player. 

Kasatkina vs Gracheva Preview

Still curious as to the background of these two singles players? Let me give you some key details on both of them right now:

Daria Kasatkina Preview

Daria Kasatkina is the current Russian number one. She’s played some amazing tennis over the last few years, and this has resulted in her current ranking of number 8. With that said, the Australian Open has been her least favourite slam on paper. That’s because she’s never gone beyond the third round.

Varvara Gracheva Preview

Gracheva is also a Russian player, so she’s going to have to overcome the added tension of playing another Russian native. She’s less experienced than Kasatkina on the big stages too, and her best performance at the Australian Open was reaching the 2nd round in 2021. Of course, the ranking of 97 shows that she’s quite far behind Kasatkina.

Kasatkina vs Gracheva Head to Head

As stressed previously, these two have played just once previously. Kasatkina won this match in straight sets. And since it was played in Melbourne on an outdoor hard court, we can assume that the conditions will be very similar in the upcoming match. Therefore, everything points to a Kasatkina victory.

Kasatkina vs Gracheva Match Details

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  • Match Schedule – January 17th at 05:30 GMT
  • Venue – Kia Arena, Melbourne Park
  • Viewing Options – Discovery+, Ladbrokes Streaming, Eurosport 1 and 2

About the author

Gavin Davison

Gavin is a full-time copywriter based in the United Kingdom. He has previously played NCAA college tennis in the USA and competed in many international events throughout his younger days. He still plays competitively and follows both the ATP & WTA Tours closely. His favourite player is Roger Federer.