Daria Kasatkina won her second title of the season, becoming champion at the St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy in St. Petersburg.
Kasatkina completed another great week this season, winning the St Petersburg 500. It was her first title in St Petersburg and her second in her home tournament, having also won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in October 2018.
Today’s St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy final was unfortunately not completed under normal conditions as Kasatkina’s opponent, also Russian Margarita Gasparyan, retired when trailing 6-3, 2-1 due to a back injury.
Kasatkina started her week by stopping the winning streak of Clara Tauson, the champion last week in Lyon, 6-4, 7-6 (0). In her next three matches, Kasatkina trailed by a set, and still managed to reach the final. She eliminated Aliaksandra Sasnovich 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the second round, Veronika Kudermetova 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals and Svetlana Kuznetsova 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 in the semifinals.
Kasatkina had two very difficult seasons in 2019 and 2020, with the pandemic making it even harder for her to find her rhythm after falling out of the Top 70 in 2019. But she has found her best tennis again and has come into the new season very strongly, and today she became the only player to have won 2 titles in 2021. Last month, she was crowned champion at the Philipp Island Trophy in Melbourne.
Tomorrow, the 23-year-old Russian will gain 23 places and will return to the Top 40 of the world ranking, moving up to No.38, from No.61 this week. Before she also won the title in Melbourne, she was ranked No.75.
Gasparyan, who has generally been very unlucky with injuries in her career, also had a very good week. Before the inglorious finish, the 26-year-old Russian had eliminated Kristina Mladenovic (6-7, 6-1, 6-1), Katerina Siniakova (6-4, 6-4), top seed Ekaterina Alexandrova (6-2, 7-5) and Vera Zvonareva (6-3, 7-6). Tomorrow she will gain 39 places and return to the Top 100, moving up to world No.87.