Daria Kasatkina is a Russian professional tennis player. A former French Open semi-finalist, she is the current Russian number one.
Name: Daria Kasatkina
Born: May 7, 1997
Turned Pro: 2014
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Born in Tolyatti, Russia on the 7th of May, 1997, Kasatkina’s parents were both nationally ranked athletes in athletics and ice hockey respectively.
As a junior, Kasatkina rose as high as number three in the world rankings, highlighted by her victory at the 2014 girls’ singles French Open over Ivana Jorović.
Turning professional in 2014, Kasatkina made her WTA Tour debut at the Kremlin Cup although she was defeated in the first round by Alison Riske.
Kasatkina’s senior Grand Slam debut came at the 2015 US Open. Qualifying for the tournament as a lucky loser, she came through a three-set encounter against Daria Gavrilova in round one and then beating Ana Konjuh in round two, before Kristina Mladenovic brought he run to an end.
Continued progress throughout 2016, including her first ever top 10 victory against Venus Williams at the Auckland Open would see Kasatkina rise up the world rankings and break into the top 32 for the first time in her career.
At the 2017 Sydney International, Kasatkina her first win over the world number one thanks to a victory over Angelique Kerber.
A few months later, Kasatkina picked up her first WTA Tour singles title at the Charleston Open. Kasatkina defeated fellow teenager Jeļena Ostapenko in the final with a straight sets victory.
At the 2017 US Open, Kasatkina made it to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. A three-set, opening round win over Wang Qiang was followed by a pair of straight set victories over Christina McHale and Jeļena Ostapenko although Kaia Kanepi would prove a step too far in the last 16.
Impressive early season form in 2018 saw Kasatkina reach the final of both the Dubai Tennis Championships and at Indian Wells before being defeated by Elina Svitolina and Naomi Osaka in the respective finals.
Her first Grand Slam quarter-final would come at the 2018 French Open. Kasatkina’s run at Roland Garros included victory over the world number two Caroline Wozniacki before losing to the eventual runner-up Sloane Stephens in the last eight.
Finishing the year with success at her home tournament, the Kremlin Cup, Kasatkina defeated Ons Jabeur in the final and would break into the world’s top 10 for the first time in the process.
Sadly for Kasatkina, as the calendar changed from 2018 to 2019, her form dipped dramatically, dropping as low as number 70 in the rankings and recording the modest record of 12 wins, 21 losses during the year.
The covid disrupted 2020 season saw Kasatkina again struggle to build up any positive momentum, ending the year at her lowest year-end ranking since 2015, at number 72.
Kasatkina’s first WTA Tour win since 2018 at the 2021 Phillip Island Trophy, defeating Marie Bouzková in a three-set final. She then followed that up with her second title of the year at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy with a win over wildcard Margarita Gasparyan in the final.
In 2022, Kasatkina’s return to the top echelons of the WTA Tour was finally complete as she recorded her career best Grand Slam result at the French Open. A destructive 6-2, 6-0 win over Rebecca Šramková in the first round was followed by a 6-0, 6-3 win against Fernanda Contreras Gómez. Similarly comfortable straight set wins over Shelby Rogers and Camila Giorgi followed with a tighter win over Veronika Kudermetova saw Kasatkina reach the last four where unfortunately for her, Iga Swiatek would emerge victorious.
Continued, impressive results throughout 2022 saw Kasatkina rise to a career high world ranking of number eight and regain her status of Russian number one.
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