Birmingham, Great Britain, WTA Premier, Nature Valley Classic, 936 128 USD, grass, outdoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Donna VEKIC (CRO) 6-1 3-6 6-1, 2R: Alize CORNET (FRA) ?-?, 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Kristyna PLISKOVA (CZE) ?-?; Mallorca, Spain, WTA International, Mallorca Open, 250 000 USD, grass, outdoor: 1R, Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) - Marta KOSTYUK (UKR) 6-4 7-5, 2R: ?-?; 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Sofia KENIN (USA) 3-6 6-3 3-6; 1QR, Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) - Cornelia LISTER (SWE) 6-3 6-2, Qualifying Final: Alja TOMLJANOVIC (CRO) 4-6 3-6; Ilkley, Great Britain, ITF Womens Circuit, Ilkley Trophy, 100 000 USD, grass, outdoor: 1R, Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - Abigail TERE-APISAH (PNG) ?-?; Ystad, Sweden, ITF Womens Circuit, Swedish Ladies Ystad, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) - Andreea Amalia ROSCA [3] 3-6 4-6; Budapest, Hungary, ITF Futures, ETC Budapest Open, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1QR, David Damian BRNA (SVK) - Tommy SZENDREI (SWE) 6-0 6-1, 2QR: Patrik KOCZKA (HUN) 6-3 6-1, Qualifying Final: Eduardo DISCHINGER (BRA) 6-3 4-6 0-6.

Birmingham, Great Britain, WTA Premier, Nature Valley Classic, 936 128 USD, grass, outdoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Donna VEKIC (CRO) 6-1 3-6 6-1, 2R: Alize CORNET (FRA) ?-?, 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Kristyna PLISKOVA (CZE) ?-?; Mallorca, Spain, WTA International, Mallorca Open, 250 000 USD, grass, outdoor: 1R, Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) - Marta KOSTYUK (UKR) 6-4 7-5, 2R: ?-?; 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Sofia KENIN (USA) 3-6 6-3 3-6; 1QR, Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) - Cornelia LISTER (SWE) 6-3 6-2, Qualifying Final: Alja TOMLJANOVIC (CRO) 4-6 3-6; Ilkley, Great Britain, ITF Womens Circuit, Ilkley Trophy, 100 000 USD, grass, outdoor: 1R, Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - Abigail TERE-APISAH (PNG) ?-?; Ystad, Sweden, ITF Womens Circuit, Swedish Ladies Ystad, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) - Andreea Amalia ROSCA [3] 3-6 4-6; Budapest, Hungary, ITF Futures, ETC Budapest Open, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1QR, David Damian BRNA (SVK) - Tommy SZENDREI (SWE) 6-0 6-1, 2QR: Patrik KOCZKA (HUN) 6-3 6-1, Qualifying Final: Eduardo DISCHINGER (BRA) 6-3 4-6 0-6.

Kasatkina battles past Muguruza and into Dubai final, lost there to Svitolina

Daria Kasatkina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy saved three match points to defeat WTA World No.3 Garbiñe Muguruza and secure a spot in the Dubai Duty Free Shopping Tennis Championships final. Then she played against Elina Svitolina, another member of the Academy in Trnava. Svitolina beat Kasatkina in the final 6-4, 6-0.

Daria Kasatkina survived three match points to reach the final of the Dubai Duty Free Shopping Tennis Championships, defeating WTA World No.3 Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 7-6(11), 6-1.

Having won her first round match against Johanna Konta by saving two match points, the 20-year-old Russian has specialised in coming back from the brink this week. In doing so against the No.2 seed, she claimed her first ever win versus the Spaniard and continued an excellent run of form against top five players, winning five of her last eight meetings.

"I've no idea how I keep doing this," she said when asked about her ability to save match points. "I don't know, really!"

Svitolina to defend the title

No.1 seed Elina Svitolina became the first player to defend the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title in eight years, capturing her second title of 2018 with a solid 6-4, 6-0 defeat of unseeded Daria Kasatkina.

The feat puts the Ukrainian into good company: previously, the only back-to-back champions in Dubai had been Justine Henin (2003-4) and Venus Williams (2009-10). Moreover, this marks the first time that Elina Svitolina has defended a title above International level (having lifted consecutive Baku trophies in 2013-14).

The 23-year-old was forced to come through a number of cagy rallies in the first set, though, as two of the game's best counterpunchers probed at each other's weaknesses. Though it was Kasatkina who displayed more variety - en route to holding in the seventh game, the 20-year-old put so much spin on one ball that it bounced diagonally up at Elina Svitolina - the Ukrainian was more efficient at adding aggressive plays to her game.

 

Source: www.wtatour.com

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