Shymkent, Kazakhstan, ITF World Tennis Tour, Shymkent Open, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Kamilla RAKHIMOVA (RUS) - Ekaterina MAKLAKOVA (RUS) 6-4 6-2, 2R: Anna UKOLOVA (RUS) 4-6 6-3 6-4, QF: Victoria DEMA (UKR) 6-4 7-6(5), SF: Gozal AINITDINOVA (KAZ) [1] 5-7 6-7(7); Shymkent, Kazakhstan, ITF World Tennis Tour, Shymkent Open, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Artem DUBRIVNYY (RUS) - Markos KALOVELONIS (RUS) 6-1 6-4, 2R: Aleksandre METREVELI (GEO) 6-0 6-4, QF: Roman SAFIULLUN (RUS) 4-6 2-6; 1R, Ergi KIRKIN (TUR) - Teymuraz GABASHVILI (RUS) [2] 6-2 6-4, 2R: 2. kolo: Andrey GOLUBEV (KAZ) 6-3 5-7 3-6;  Italy, Florence, junior ITF, 44th City of Florence, Grade 2, clay, outdoor: 1QR, Nina STANKOVSKA (SVK) - Milena JEVTOVIC (ITA) 6-2 6-0, 2QR: Denise VALENTE (ITA) 6-3 6-2, Qualifying Final: Valentina GAGGINI (ITA) [8] 6-4 6-3, 1R: Matilde MARIANI (ITA) 3-6 4-6; Anning, China, ATP Challenger, $162,480 +H, KUNMING OPEN, clay, outdoor: 1R, Andrej MARTIN (SVK) - Fajing SUN (CHN) 6-3 6-1, 2R: Dennis NOVAK (AUT) 6-1 6-1, 3R: Nikola MILOJEVIC (SRB) 1-6 7-6(0) 1-6.

Shymkent, Kazakhstan, ITF World Tennis Tour, Shymkent Open, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Kamilla RAKHIMOVA (RUS) - Ekaterina MAKLAKOVA (RUS) 6-4 6-2, 2R: Anna UKOLOVA (RUS) 4-6 6-3 6-4, QF: Victoria DEMA (UKR) 6-4 7-6(5), SF: Gozal AINITDINOVA (KAZ) [1] 5-7 6-7(7); Shymkent, Kazakhstan, ITF World Tennis Tour, Shymkent Open, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Artem DUBRIVNYY (RUS) - Markos KALOVELONIS (RUS) 6-1 6-4, 2R: Aleksandre METREVELI (GEO) 6-0 6-4, QF: Roman SAFIULLUN (RUS) 4-6 2-6; 1R, Ergi KIRKIN (TUR) - Teymuraz GABASHVILI (RUS) [2] 6-2 6-4, 2R: 2. kolo: Andrey GOLUBEV (KAZ) 6-3 5-7 3-6;  Italy, Florence, junior ITF, 44th City of Florence, Grade 2, clay, outdoor: 1QR, Nina STANKOVSKA (SVK) - Milena JEVTOVIC (ITA) 6-2 6-0, 2QR: Denise VALENTE (ITA) 6-3 6-2, Qualifying Final: Valentina GAGGINI (ITA) [8] 6-4 6-3, 1R: Matilde MARIANI (ITA) 3-6 4-6; Anning, China, ATP Challenger, $162,480 +H, KUNMING OPEN, clay, outdoor: 1R, Andrej MARTIN (SVK) - Fajing SUN (CHN) 6-3 6-1, 2R: Dennis NOVAK (AUT) 6-1 6-1, 3R: Nikola MILOJEVIC (SRB) 1-6 7-6(0) 1-6.

Platenik about Kasatkina: It's a miracle that she is in Paris

EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy Headcoach Vladimir Pláteník has got several reasons to be happy. Three members of the EMPIRE Trnava Tennis Academy: Ons Jabeur, Elina Svitolina and his trainee Daria Kasatkina reached the third round of Roland Garros. She defeated Czech qualifier Markéta Vondroušová in two sets 7:6(1) and 6:4.

What is your evaluation of Daria's performance today?

"It is a miracle that we play here after an ankle injury in Rome. Daria was nervous from this match because we know about the Vondrousova's qualities. She is young, she has nothing to lose. Darias brother Alex said she is the best qualifier who got to the main draw. She had respect, they know one another from junior tournaments. We follow her results, she has an incredible season. She played lot matches with high percentage win success (51 wins, 7 defeats). It was visible when I watched her. I said to Dasa they have very similar game and that Marketa is now in a stage when I started working with Dasa two years ago. She has a grasp, she moves very well, she cooperates with experienced people like Hřebec and Kubík. She's a huge talent indeed."

Did you consider tactics against Vondrousova according to her game at EMPIRE Slovak Open 2017 in Trnava, where she won the title and Daria even saw some parts of the final?

"I received videos of her matches with Cepede Royg and Alexandrova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy. Thanks very much for that, it was huge help for us. I watched the videos till 1 AM in the morning."

How about her ankle?

"I am really glad that her leg is now ok. She performed well in the match, tactics was set up well, she was nervous at the start of the match only. When leading 4:1 in the second set, she played couple of close balls out. Perhaps she was nervous to finish the match. I'm happy she finally done it. Since February we have moved onto the new system, Daria began to invest more into her career. We travel to the tournaments with fitness coach Maroš Molnár and physiotherapist Jana Ďurecová. She feels no more pain, I told her that both should be rewarded for that after coming back to Slovakia. We are on the right way. If this is going to continue, I will be satisfied even if she moves in the rankings or not. We do the maximum for her."

She will probably play Halep in the next round...

"She could have really received a better draw at this grandslam tournament. But if she wants to continue, that’s the best chance how to improve and to go forward. We will do everything we can to fight with upcoming opponents. I'm a good friend with Guga Kuerten and when he won the title here, he did come here with no sorts of expectations. Before the grandslam he did not play well at all. Dasa is also here in the similar position with injury but it is her favourite grandslam. Only God knows what will happen. Players are very even here. Halep is a favourite, it's going to be tough, but when they once played it was really close."

Is this still her most favorite grandslam?

Yes, both tournament and also surface. She won the junior singles title here in 2014. She feels here well, she believes in her, it's superb."

How will you spend your time untill the next match?

"She's still playing in doubles with a countrywoman Khromacheva who wanted to play at least in doubles main draw. Daria should play in light mode, experiment and enjoy being on the court. Without pressure, she should save her strength, it's just an addition to singles."

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