Paris, Roland Garros, grandslam, 39 000 000 €, clay, outdoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Alja TOMLJANOVIC (AUS) ?-?, 1R: Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Kaia KANEPI (EST) ?-?; 1R, Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - qualifier ?-?; 1R, Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) - Jessika PONCHET (FRA) ?-?; 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Jelena OSTAPENKO (LAT) ?-?; 1QR, Rebecca SRAMKOVA (SVK) - Karolina MUCHOVA (CZE) 6-4 6-4, 2QR: Diane PARRY (FRA) 7-6(6) 6-0, Qualifying Final: Magdalena FRECH (POL) 6-4 2-6 3-6; 1QR, Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) - Cagla BUYUKAKCAY (TUR) 6-3 6-2, 2QR: Irina BARA (ROU) 6-4 4-6 1-6; 1QR, Anhelina KALININA (UKR) - Danielle LAO (USA) 6-2 6-1, 2QR: Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) 6-3 3-6 3-6; 1QR, Andrej Martin (SVK) - Kevin KING (USA) 6-2 7-5, 2QR: Rogerio DUTRA SILVA (BRA) 2-6 0-6; Jerba, Tunisia, ITF Futures, Jerba Open 2018, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Ergi KIRKIN (TUR) - Nathan SEATEUN (FRA) 4-6 6-4 6-3, 2R: Constantin BITTOIUN KOUZMINE (FRA) 6-3 7-5, QF: Francesco VILARDO (ITA) 2-6 1-6; Strasbourg, France, WTA International, Internationaux de Strasbourg, 250 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) - Marina MELNIKOVA (RUS) 6-2 4-6 6-3, 2R: Su-Wei HSIEH (TPE) 2-6 3-6; Nurnberg, Germany, WTA International, NÜRNBERGER Versicherungscup, 250 000 USD, clay, outddoor: 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Veronica CEPEDE-ROYG (PAR) 3-6 4-6; Balatonalmadi, Hungary, ITF Futures, Balatonalmadi Open, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Ken ONISHI (JPN) - Matej MARUSCAK (SVK) 6-1 6-4, 2R: Samuel BENSOUSSAN (FRA) 1-6 4-6.

Paris, Roland Garros, grandslam, 39 000 000 €, clay, outdoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Alja TOMLJANOVIC (AUS) ?-?, 1R: Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Kaia KANEPI (EST) ?-?; 1R, Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - qualifier ?-?; 1R, Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) - Jessika PONCHET (FRA) ?-?; 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Jelena OSTAPENKO (LAT) ?-?; 1QR, Rebecca SRAMKOVA (SVK) - Karolina MUCHOVA (CZE) 6-4 6-4, 2QR: Diane PARRY (FRA) 7-6(6) 6-0, Qualifying Final: Magdalena FRECH (POL) 6-4 2-6 3-6; 1QR, Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) - Cagla BUYUKAKCAY (TUR) 6-3 6-2, 2QR: Irina BARA (ROU) 6-4 4-6 1-6; 1QR, Anhelina KALININA (UKR) - Danielle LAO (USA) 6-2 6-1, 2QR: Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) 6-3 3-6 3-6; 1QR, Andrej Martin (SVK) - Kevin KING (USA) 6-2 7-5, 2QR: Rogerio DUTRA SILVA (BRA) 2-6 0-6; Jerba, Tunisia, ITF Futures, Jerba Open 2018, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Ergi KIRKIN (TUR) - Nathan SEATEUN (FRA) 4-6 6-4 6-3, 2R: Constantin BITTOIUN KOUZMINE (FRA) 6-3 7-5, QF: Francesco VILARDO (ITA) 2-6 1-6; Strasbourg, France, WTA International, Internationaux de Strasbourg, 250 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) - Marina MELNIKOVA (RUS) 6-2 4-6 6-3, 2R: Su-Wei HSIEH (TPE) 2-6 3-6; Nurnberg, Germany, WTA International, NÜRNBERGER Versicherungscup, 250 000 USD, clay, outddoor: 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Veronica CEPEDE-ROYG (PAR) 3-6 4-6; Balatonalmadi, Hungary, ITF Futures, Balatonalmadi Open, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Ken ONISHI (JPN) - Matej MARUSCAK (SVK) 6-1 6-4, 2R: Samuel BENSOUSSAN (FRA) 1-6 4-6.

Kasatkina beat Wozniacki, Kerber & Williams to reach Indian Wells final

Russia's Daria Kasatkina scored her second win over Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki this season to reach her second career quarterfinal at the BNP Paribas Open. Than she also beat Angelique Kerber from Germany and Venus Williams and she played in the finals! Then she lost to Naomi Osaka from Japan 3-6 2-6.

20-year-old rising star Daria Kasatkina reached her first-ever BNP Paribas Open final with a scintillating victory over WTA Legend Venus Williams. The stunning run by Daria Kasatkina at Indian Wells continues, as the 20-year-old No.20 seed survived a titanic tussle with 8th-seeded WTA superstar Venus Williams on Friday night, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, to advance to the biggest final of her career at the BNP Paribas Open after just under three hours of top-tier tennis. "Match like this, you're just speechless," an overjoyed Kasatkina said during her post-match press conference. "Even [when] I meet my coach and my brother after the match, I was not able to say anything. I was just, like, 'Aaaaah, okay, that was pretty nice.' Too many emotions and you cannot explain everything."

"[Venus] was playing really good, honestly," the World No.19 continued. "It was really tough match, yeah. I must, like, give her respect, because she's playing amazing, really."

"The crowd were unbelievable," said Kasatkina. "And to play Venus Williams on center court in the United States, in the semifinals, one of the biggest tournaments, you just put your heart there, and that's it."

"Sometimes I was even smiling on the court," the Russian elaborated. "In one moment, you just catch yourself, like, you're in night session, all crowd, you're playing against a legend, and you are in the third set, for example. And you're just staying on the return, and you're like, 'Come on, maybe it's the moment of your life.' Yeah, for sure you are enjoying these moments."
The young Russian has now claimed four consecutive victories over current Top 20 players, all of whom are Grand Slam champions. Kasatkina ousted No.13 seed Sloane Stephens, No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki, and No.10 seed Angelique Kerber before her massive semifinal victory over Williams.

Win against Wozniacki

No.20 seed Daria Kasatkina scored her second victory against Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki this season at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday night, advancing to her second quarterfinal at the Premier Mandatory event by virtue of a 6-4, 7-5 victory. Kasatkina had to battle back from a break down in both sets for her fourth-round victory against the World No.2, whom she defeated at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy in February following Wozniacki's Australian Open triumph when the Dane was ranked World No.1.

"I'm just going on court and actually now enjoying every minute during I'm playing," Kasatkina said during her post-match press conference. "I'm playing best matches against the best players. But as I say, if you want to be on the top, you have to beat the top players. So, quite simple rule. Me and Caroline, we are playing kind of tactic tennis," she continued. "From my side, it was like a chess game because we've got a bit time during the game, during the ball was flying, so you can, like, in one second to think where to put the ball, how to put the ball."

The Russian previously reached the last eight in Indian Wells on her main draw debut in 2016, where she lost to Karolina Pliskova, and also reached the quarterfinals at the Premier Mandatory event in Beijing last fall. Daria Kasatkina will play No.10 seed Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals, after the German dismissed No.7 seed Caroline Garcia, 6-1, 6-1, in the fourth round. Kasatkina and Kerber have split their four previous meetings.

Kasatkina's victory also proves to be good news for current World No.1 Simona Halep on the ranking front: as a result of Wozniacki's loss, the Romanian will hold on to the top spot through next week's Miami Open.

Source: www.wtatour.com

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

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