Samarkand, Uzbekistan, SAMARKAND CHALLENGER, 54 160 USD + H, clay, outdoor: 1R, Andrej MARTIN (SVK) - BYE, 2R: Evgeny TYURNEV (RUS) 6-3 6-4, 3R: Roberto CID (DOM) 6-3 6-4, QF: Jose HERNANDEZ-FERNANDEZ (DOM) 6-4 4-6 6-2 SF: Corentin MOUTET (FRA) 4-6 6-0 2-6; 1R, Uladzimir IGNATIK (BLR) - BYE, 2R: Thiago SESBOTH WILD (BRA) 7-6(5) 4-6 6-2, 3R: Ulises BLANCH (USA) 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 7-6(5), QF: Joao MENEZES (BRA) 2-6 4-6; Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ITF World Tennis Tour, 13th DOBOJ OPEN - 2019,  25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Artem DUBRIVNYY (RUS) [6] - Dejan KATIC (SRB) 4-6 6-4 6-2, 2R: Ljubomir CELEBIC (MNE) 6-4 6-2, QF: Botic VAN DE ZANDSCHULP (NED) [3] 0-6 4-6; Heraklion, Greece, ITF World Tennis Tour, 14th Lyttos Beach ITF World Tour, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Pavel SHUMEIKO (UKR) - Jesse DELANEY (AUS) 6-3 6-1, 2R: Alec ADAMSON (USA) [8] 6-3 5-7 6-1, QF: Peter BOTHWELL (IRL) [4] 4-6 7-6(5) 3-6; Skopje, North Macedonia, junior ITF, ITF Juniors Tennispark Open 2019, Grade 5, clay, outdoor: 1QR, Peter Benjamin PRIVARA (SVK) [5] - Arthur FILS (FRA) 6-4 4-6 [10-3], 2QR: Lennon Roark JONES (JPN) 6-3 6-4, QFinal: Facundo ELIAS HANNI (ARG) [3] 6-2 6-1, 1R: Martin KATZ (BEL) [3] 6-1 4-6 7-5, 2R: Cesar BOUCHELAGHEM (FRA) 6-1 6-4, QF: Ivan Karlo BAN (CRO) 6-4 6-1, SF: Kyle Lok Yin TANG (HKG) [2] ?-?.
    

Samarkand, Uzbekistan, SAMARKAND CHALLENGER, 54 160 USD + H, clay, outdoor: 1R, Andrej MARTIN (SVK) - BYE, 2R: Evgeny TYURNEV (RUS) 6-3 6-4, 3R: Roberto CID (DOM) 6-3 6-4, QF: Jose HERNANDEZ-FERNANDEZ (DOM) 6-4 4-6 6-2 SF: Corentin MOUTET (FRA) 4-6 6-0 2-6; 1R, Uladzimir IGNATIK (BLR) - BYE, 2R: Thiago SESBOTH WILD (BRA) 7-6(5) 4-6 6-2, 3R: Ulises BLANCH (USA) 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 7-6(5), QF: Joao MENEZES (BRA) 2-6 4-6; Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ITF World Tennis Tour, 13th DOBOJ OPEN - 2019,  25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Artem DUBRIVNYY (RUS) [6] - Dejan KATIC (SRB) 4-6 6-4 6-2, 2R: Ljubomir CELEBIC (MNE) 6-4 6-2, QF: Botic VAN DE ZANDSCHULP (NED) [3] 0-6 4-6; Heraklion, Greece, ITF World Tennis Tour, 14th Lyttos Beach ITF World Tour, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Pavel SHUMEIKO (UKR) - Jesse DELANEY (AUS) 6-3 6-1, 2R: Alec ADAMSON (USA) [8] 6-3 5-7 6-1, QF: Peter BOTHWELL (IRL) [4] 4-6 7-6(5) 3-6; Skopje, North Macedonia, junior ITF, ITF Juniors Tennispark Open 2019, Grade 5, clay, outdoor: 1QR, Peter Benjamin PRIVARA (SVK) [5] - Arthur FILS (FRA) 6-4 4-6 [10-3], 2QR: Lennon Roark JONES (JPN) 6-3 6-4, QFinal: Facundo ELIAS HANNI (ARG) [3] 6-2 6-1, 1R: Martin KATZ (BEL) [3] 6-1 4-6 7-5, 2R: Cesar BOUCHELAGHEM (FRA) 6-1 6-4, QF: Ivan Karlo BAN (CRO) 6-4 6-1, SF: Kyle Lok Yin TANG (HKG) [2] ?-?.
    

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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