This 20-year-old from Russia has had a lot to celebrate so far in 2017, namely TWO wins over world no. 1 Angelique Kerber, her first WTA final and her first WTA title at the Volvo Car Open.
Daria Kasatkina burst onto the scene almost out of thin air in 2015, playing ITF’s for most of the year then coming out of US Open qualifying to make a run to the third round. The 18-year-old’s ranking jumped from to 350 to 72 in 2015 – 278 spots.
Her first match of the 2016 season was a three sets win over Venus Williams in Auckland. The season also included wins over Dominika Cibulkova, Timea Bacsinszky, and Karolina Pliskova. At Coupe Rogers, Kasatkina made a run to the quarter-finals.
Kasatkina appeared in her first final this past April in Charleston at the Volvo Car Open, and she won. 19-year-old Kasatkina defeated Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-1 to win her maiden WTA title. It was the first WTA final contested by two teenagers in eight years.
Her run included upsets over Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig, Daria Gavrilova, Irina-Camelia-Begu, and a stunning comeback win in the final over Laura Siegemund.
Fans voted Kasatkina’s performance as the “WTA Breakthrough of the Month” in April.
First WTA Title 🏆
— WTA (@WTA) May 6, 2017
In June, Kasatkina tied a career-best Grand Slam performance with an appearance in the third round at Roland Garros. She’s made the third round in five of her first seven Grand Slam main draws.
Her favourite surface may be clay but this Russian has shown she can be dangerous anywhere, anytime. After a quarter-final run last year in Montreal, where she scored wins over no. 13 seed Samantha Stosur and no. 7 Roberta Vinci, Kasatkina will look to keep improving her record in Canada this August in Toronto.