Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing to some of the WTA’s brightest young stars who you will get the chance to see up close in Montreal next month at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. This week, get to know Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.
Junior Roland-Garros champion and silver medalist at the Youth Olympic Games in doubles in 2014, Russian Daria Kasatkina also achieved a career-best junior ranking of no. 3 that same year.
In 2014, she also began her transition from the juniors to the pros. She achieved a career-high WTA ranking of no. 31 in June and the 19-year-old continues to impress on a weekly basis.
In 2015, Kasatkina announced her arrival on the WTA circuit, reaching the third round in her first Grand Slam main draw appearance at the U.S. Open after playing her way through qualifying. A few months later at her hometown tournament in Moscow, she reached the semifinals as a qualifier thanks to wins over Irina-Camelia Begu and Carla Suárez Navarro.
In January at the Australian Open, Kasatkina once again reached the third round where she got the chance to play against World No. 1 Serena Williams, who had nothing but good things to say about Kasatkina. “She has such a bright future. She’s so young, she’s on the right track,” the American said. A few months later, Kastakina reached the quarter-finals at the prestigious Indian Wells event, defeating the likes of world no. 12 Timea Bacsinszky along the way to surprising the tennis world once again. She also two other Top 20 victories this season, including one over Venus Williams.
Now that she has earned direct entry into the Rogers Cup this, we can’t wait to witness the talents of this rising star!