Miami, USA, Miami Open, WTA, 7,669,423 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - BYE, 2R: ?-?; 1R, Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) - Yanina WICKMAYER (BEL) 7-6(2), 6-4, 2R: Daria GAVRILOVA (AUS) 6-2 6-2, 3R: ?-?, Doubles, 1R, SAFAROVA/Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) - Jelena Jankovic (SRB) / Taylor Townsend (USA) ?-?; 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - BYE, 2R: Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) ?-?, 1QR, Rebecca SRAMKOVA (SVK) - Jana CEPELOVA (SVK) 3-6 3-6, 1QR, Kateryna KOZLOVA (RUS) - Franscesca SCHIAVONE (ITA) 3-6 0-6; Antalya, Turkey, TENNIS ORGANISATION CUP, ITF, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, David JURAS (SVK) - Jay CLARKE (GBR) 3-6 1-6, 1R, Sandra JAMRICHOVA (SVK) - Zhima DU (CHN) 2-6 4-6, Doubles, 1R, JAMRICHOVA/Jelena SIMIC (BIH) - Cristina ADAMESCU/Diana ENACHE (ROU) [3] 6-1 6-3, QF: Lana KENTCHIASHVILI (GEO) / Ana SHANIDZE (GEO) 6-2 7-5, SF: Valentyna IVAKHNENKO (RUS) / Aleksandra POSPELOVA (RUS) [1] ?-?Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt,  ITF, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1QR, Adriana SENKAROVA (SVK) - BYE, 2QR, Yulia STARODUBTSEWA (UKR) 7-5 6-2, QFinal, Constanza PERA (ITA) 6-2 6-1, Main Draw, 1R, Elena-Teodora CADAR (ROU) 0-6 0-6, 1R, Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) - Anna PRIBYLOVA (RUS) 1-6 1-6, Doubles: 1R, MIHALIKOVA/Anna MORGINA (RUS) [1] - Elena GRIESSNER (AUT) / Yasmine WAGNER (GER) 6-3 6-1, QF: Laura DEIGMAN (GBR) / Anna PRIBYLOVA (RUS) 3-6 6-1 [10-7], SF: Melanie KLAFFNER (AUT) / Julia WACHACZYK (GER) [3]  ?-?; Obidos, Portugal, ITF, Bom Sucesso Ladies Open 1, 15 000 USD, carpet, outdoor: 1R, Sadafmoh TOLIBOVA (BLR) - Maria Jose LUQUE MORENO (ESP) 3-6 3-6, Doubles, 1R, TOLIBOVA/Olivia NICHOLLS (GBR) - Ainhoa ATUCHA GOMEZ (ESP) / Ksenija SHARIFOVA (RUS) 4-6 6-2 [14-12], QF: Anna KLASEN (GER) / Erika VOGELSANG (NED) [2] ?-?; Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy, ITF, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor:  1QR, Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) - Giulia FERRARI (ITA) 6-1 6-0, QFinal: Basak ERAYDIN (TUR) 4-6 6-4 4-6; Umag, Croatia, Istarska rivijera, ITF, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Filipp KEKERCHENI (UKR) - Yannick VANDENBULCKE (BEL) 1-6, 5-7, Doubles, 1R, KEKERCHENI/Pascal MEIS (GER) - Ivan SABANOV/Matej SABANOV (CRO) [2] 4-6 3-6; 1QR, Martin BLASKO (SVK) - Grega BOH (SLO) 7-5 6-2, 2QR: Marco MICCELI (ITA) 1-6 4-6; Ramat Hasharon, Israel,  ITF, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Vadym URSU (UKR) - Ran AMAR (ISR)  6-1 6-1, 2R: Tobias SIMON (GER) 3-6 5-7, Doubles, 1R, URSU/Stanislav POPLAVSKYY (UKR) - Florian FALLERT (GER) / Tobias SIMON (GER) [2] 6-7(4) 4-6.

Miami, USA, Miami Open, WTA, 7,669,423 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - BYE, 2R: ?-?; 1R, Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) - Yanina WICKMAYER (BEL) 7-6(2), 6-4, 2R: Daria GAVRILOVA (AUS) 6-2 6-2, 3R: ?-?, Doubles, 1R, SAFAROVA/Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) - Jelena Jankovic (SRB) / Taylor Townsend (USA) ?-?; 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - BYE, 2R: Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) ?-?, 1QR, Rebecca SRAMKOVA (SVK) - Jana CEPELOVA (SVK) 3-6 3-6, 1QR, Kateryna KOZLOVA (RUS) - Franscesca SCHIAVONE (ITA) 3-6 0-6; Antalya, Turkey, TENNIS ORGANISATION CUP, ITF, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, David JURAS (SVK) - Jay CLARKE (GBR) 3-6 1-6, 1R, Sandra JAMRICHOVA (SVK) - Zhima DU (CHN) 2-6 4-6, Doubles, 1R, JAMRICHOVA/Jelena SIMIC (BIH) - Cristina ADAMESCU/Diana ENACHE (ROU) [3] 6-1 6-3, QF: Lana KENTCHIASHVILI (GEO) / Ana SHANIDZE (GEO) 6-2 7-5, SF: Valentyna IVAKHNENKO (RUS) / Aleksandra POSPELOVA (RUS) [1] ?-?Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt,  ITF, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1QR, Adriana SENKAROVA (SVK) - BYE, 2QR, Yulia STARODUBTSEWA (UKR) 7-5 6-2, QFinal, Constanza PERA (ITA) 6-2 6-1, Main Draw, 1R, Elena-Teodora CADAR (ROU) 0-6 0-6, 1R, Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) - Anna PRIBYLOVA (RUS) 1-6 1-6, Doubles: 1R, MIHALIKOVA/Anna MORGINA (RUS) [1] - Elena GRIESSNER (AUT) / Yasmine WAGNER (GER) 6-3 6-1, QF: Laura DEIGMAN (GBR) / Anna PRIBYLOVA (RUS) 3-6 6-1 [10-7], SF: Melanie KLAFFNER (AUT) / Julia WACHACZYK (GER) [3]  ?-?; Obidos, Portugal, ITF, Bom Sucesso Ladies Open 1, 15 000 USD, carpet, outdoor: 1R, Sadafmoh TOLIBOVA (BLR) - Maria Jose LUQUE MORENO (ESP) 3-6 3-6, Doubles, 1R, TOLIBOVA/Olivia NICHOLLS (GBR) - Ainhoa ATUCHA GOMEZ (ESP) / Ksenija SHARIFOVA (RUS) 4-6 6-2 [14-12], QF: Anna KLASEN (GER) / Erika VOGELSANG (NED) [2] ?-?; Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy, ITF, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor:  1QR, Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) - Giulia FERRARI (ITA) 6-1 6-0, QFinal: Basak ERAYDIN (TUR) 4-6 6-4 4-6; Umag, Croatia, Istarska rivijera, ITF, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Filipp KEKERCHENI (UKR) - Yannick VANDENBULCKE (BEL) 1-6, 5-7, Doubles, 1R, KEKERCHENI/Pascal MEIS (GER) - Ivan SABANOV/Matej SABANOV (CRO) [2] 4-6 3-6; 1QR, Martin BLASKO (SVK) - Grega BOH (SLO) 7-5 6-2, 2QR: Marco MICCELI (ITA) 1-6 4-6; Ramat Hasharon, Israel,  ITF, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Vadym URSU (UKR) - Ran AMAR (ISR)  6-1 6-1, 2R: Tobias SIMON (GER) 3-6 5-7, Doubles, 1R, URSU/Stanislav POPLAVSKYY (UKR) - Florian FALLERT (GER) / Tobias SIMON (GER) [2] 6-7(4) 4-6.

Daria Kasatkina has defeated world number one Angelique Kerber at WTA Sydney

Daria Kasatkina who is coached by Vladimir Platenik, Member of an EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy, has overwhelmed the WTA ranked world number one, Angelique Kerber at a prestigious tournament in Sydney. 

The Apia International Sydney is held in Sydney, Australia before the Australian Open which is the first Grand Slam of the year.  The WTA Premier Tournament has funding of $776 000 USD.
Daria Kasatkina defeated Hungarian Timea Babos in the first round in a dramatic duel and then in the second round overwhelmed German player Angelique Kerber 7-6(5), 6-2.
It is interesting that Elina Svitolina, another Member of the Empire Tennis Academy, achieved very similar result last week at WTA event in Brisbane, she also defeated last year's winner of the Australian Open and the US Open.

Sydney, Australia, Apia International Sydney, WTA Premier, 776 000 USD, hard, outdoor:
Daria Kasatkina (RUS)

1st round: Timea BABOS (HUN) 3-6 6-4 6-2
2nd round: Angelique KERBER (GER) 7-6(5), 6-2!
3rd round: Johanna KONTA (GBR) 3-6 5-7
Doubles with: Daria GAVRILOVA (AUS)
1st round: Liezel HUBER (USA) / Maria SANCHEZ (USA) 1-6, 6-4, 10-7

QF: Andreja KLEPAC (SLO)/Maria Jose MARTINEZ SANCHEZ (ESP) w.o.

Photos by: 
Martin Sidorjak, www.empire-tennis-academy.com

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