Moscow, Russia, WTA Premier, VTB Kremlin Cup, 932 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Lesia TSURENKO (UKR) 6-4 7-6(1), 2R: Alize CORNET (FRA) 3-6 7-5 6-4, QF: Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) 6-4 6-3, SF: Johanna KONTA (GBR) 6-4 6-3, F: Ons JABEUR (TUN) 2-6 7-5(4) 6-4!!! SINGLES TITLE!!! ; Osaka, Japan, junior ITF, Osaka Mayor's Cup - World Super Junior Tennis Championships 2018, Grade A, hard, outdoor: 1R, Pavel SHUMEIKO (UKR) - Shoei MIZUGUCHI (JPN) 6-2 6-0, 2R: Ryuhei AZUMA (JPN) 2-6 2-6; Yerevan, Armenia, junior ITF, Autumn Cup, Grade 5, clay, outdoor: 1R, Oleksiy SHESTAKOV (UKR) - Eremey KOTSELYUK (RUS) 6-1 4-6 6-0, 2R: Nikita FIALTOV (RUS) 6-2 6-1, QF: Henadzi HRABAVETS (BLR) 3-6 6-2 6-1, SF: Matei Victor PALCAU (ROU) 6-2 6-3, F: Saba PURTSELADZE (GEO) 6-3 2-6 6-2 TITLE!!! ; Luxembourg, Luxembourg, WTA International, BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, 250 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) - Tatjana MARIA (GER) 6-2 7-5, 2R: Julia GOERGES (GER) 1-6 4-6; 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Dalila JAKUPOVIC (SLO) 6-7(3) 6-3 4-.

Moscow, Russia, WTA Premier, VTB Kremlin Cup, 932 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Lesia TSURENKO (UKR) 6-4 7-6(1), 2R: Alize CORNET (FRA) 3-6 7-5 6-4, QF: Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) 6-4 6-3, SF: Johanna KONTA (GBR) 6-4 6-3, F: Ons JABEUR (TUN) 2-6 7-5(4) 6-4!!! SINGLES TITLE!!! ; Osaka, Japan, junior ITF, Osaka Mayor's Cup - World Super Junior Tennis Championships 2018, Grade A, hard, outdoor: 1R, Pavel SHUMEIKO (UKR) - Shoei MIZUGUCHI (JPN) 6-2 6-0, 2R: Ryuhei AZUMA (JPN) 2-6 2-6; Yerevan, Armenia, junior ITF, Autumn Cup, Grade 5, clay, outdoor: 1R, Oleksiy SHESTAKOV (UKR) - Eremey KOTSELYUK (RUS) 6-1 4-6 6-0, 2R: Nikita FIALTOV (RUS) 6-2 6-1, QF: Henadzi HRABAVETS (BLR) 3-6 6-2 6-1, SF: Matei Victor PALCAU (ROU) 6-2 6-3, F: Saba PURTSELADZE (GEO) 6-3 2-6 6-2 TITLE!!! ; Luxembourg, Luxembourg, WTA International, BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, 250 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) - Tatjana MARIA (GER) 6-2 7-5, 2R: Julia GOERGES (GER) 1-6 4-6; 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Dalila JAKUPOVIC (SLO) 6-7(3) 6-3 4-.

Daria Kasatkina knocks off No.1 Wozniacki in St. Petersburg

Russian Daria Kasatkina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy scored her second career win over a reigning World No.1 with a straight sets victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy.

The lone Russian remaining at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy scored a statement win on Friday afternoon, as Daria Kasatkina knocked off World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki to reach the semifinals, 7-6(2), 6-3. The No.8 seed scored her second career win over a reigning World No.1, having beaten Angelique Kerber when the German held the top spot last season in Sydney.

"I was trying to not over-pump myself - I have a few matches against Top 10, Top 15 players and I was over-motivated," Daria Kasatkina told WTA Insider after the match. "I was playing excellent in the first part of the first set, and then my focus went down, so I was just trying to keep myself on the same level. "I was just thinking it was a regular match, just regular quarterfinals of some tournament." The 20-year-old Russian repeats her run to the semifinals in St. Petersburg, having done so in last year's edition, and recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season with the upset.

Daria Kasatkina drew out 35 unforced error from the World No.1's racquet in the victory, as the usually reliable Wozniacki came off second-best to the Russian's variety in extended baseline exchanges. Her serve also came through for her for the majority of the tighest moments, as she served nearly 70% of her first serves in, and won over 65% of the points played behind both her first and second deliveries.

Daria Kasatkina faced defending champion and No.4 seed Kristina Mladenovic for a spot in the  final, who defeated Katerina Siniakova, 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Kasatkina lost to her 6-3 3-6 2-6.

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

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