Taipei, TWTA 125K Series, Taipei OEC Open, 125 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - Ying-Ying DUAN (CHN) 7-6(4) 6-4, 2R: Priscilla HON (AUS) 7-6(5) 6-2, QF: Jil TEICHMANN (SUI) 6-4 7-5, SF: Viktorija GOLUBIC (SUI) 6-2 6-4, F: Arantxa RUS (NED) ?-?; Benicarlo, Spain, ITF Womens Circuit, V CIRCUITO WTA ASTELLON SPAIN, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) - Snehadevi S REDDY (IND) 6-1 6-1, 2R: Noelia BOUZO ZANOTTI (ESP) 7-5 6-4, QF: Yvonne CAVALLE-REIMERS (ESP) 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 6-3, SF: Ekaterine GORGODZE (GEO) 2-6 7-6(1) 6-3, F: Ines IBBOU (ALG) ?-?; Haifa, Israel, junior ITF, HAP International Junior Tournament, Grade 2, hard, outdoor: 1R, Lenka STARA (SVK) - BYE, 2R: Anna ARKADIANOU (GRE) 1-6 3-6; 1R, Nina STANKOVSKA (SVK) - Ksenia BRICH (BLR) 6-3 6-3, 2R: Selin OVUNC (TUR) 6-1 7-6(6), 3R: Taisya PACHKALEVA (RUS) ?-?.

Taipei, TWTA 125K Series, Taipei OEC Open, 125 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - Ying-Ying DUAN (CHN) 7-6(4) 6-4, 2R: Priscilla HON (AUS) 7-6(5) 6-2, QF: Jil TEICHMANN (SUI) 6-4 7-5, SF: Viktorija GOLUBIC (SUI) 6-2 6-4, F: Arantxa RUS (NED) ?-?; Benicarlo, Spain, ITF Womens Circuit, V CIRCUITO WTA ASTELLON SPAIN, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) - Snehadevi S REDDY (IND) 6-1 6-1, 2R: Noelia BOUZO ZANOTTI (ESP) 7-5 6-4, QF: Yvonne CAVALLE-REIMERS (ESP) 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 6-3, SF: Ekaterine GORGODZE (GEO) 2-6 7-6(1) 6-3, F: Ines IBBOU (ALG) ?-?; Haifa, Israel, junior ITF, HAP International Junior Tournament, Grade 2, hard, outdoor: 1R, Lenka STARA (SVK) - BYE, 2R: Anna ARKADIANOU (GRE) 1-6 3-6; 1R, Nina STANKOVSKA (SVK) - Ksenia BRICH (BLR) 6-3 6-3, 2R: Selin OVUNC (TUR) 6-1 7-6(6), 3R: Taisya PACHKALEVA (RUS) ?-?.

Kasatkina beat Sasnovich and Begu in straight sets to make her way into the finals of the Kremlin Cup

Daria Kasatkina from EMPIRE Tennis Academy beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to make her way into the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup. Then she beat also Irina-Camelia Begu from Romania and she play ed in the final!

It was a match in which neither player held very often, struggling to make their first serves count. "I am glad I managed to close out the first set and closed out that match," Daria Kasatkina said via a translator on court afterwards. The Russian made a brilliant start, securing a double break to race to a 4-0 lead, but Sasnovich was dogged and got herself on the board with a break of her own.

Daria Kasatkina looked unstoppable on her opponent’s serve, breaking once more to give herself the opportunity to serve out the first set. But the Belarusian took the third of three break points and then held serve to close the gap – and broke once more to keep herself in it.

Daria Kasatkina clung on, though, as she used her forehand brilliantly and benefited from a Sasnovich double fault to break to love and take the set 6-4. The pair exchanged breaks at the start of the second set, but after that the Russian took command, using her brilliant forehand to force her opponent into errors.

Kasatkina then faced Irina-Camelia Begu in the semi-final and she won 6-3 6-2. Either way, she says she will need to improve her game. "I need to be playing more aggressively because these are very powerful girls," admitted Daria Kasatkina.

In the final, Kasatkina faced to Julia Goerges from Germany and she lost to her 1-6, 2-6.

Source: wtatour.com

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www.empire-tennis-academy.com

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