Monday, 10 April 2017

Kasatkina wins battle of teenagers

The Davis Cup semi finals have been decided and the WTA titles in Monterrey and Charleston handed out.

Nick Kyrgios led Australia to victory over the USA, winning both his singles matches to help reach an unbeatable 3-1 position.  The semi final opponent is Belgium,  whose win was achieved in a similar manner, over Italy, David Goffin securing both his singles matches, and Italy only managing the doubles in the first four matches.

The other quarter finals were straightforward wins for Serbia over Spain and France over Great Britain.  In each instance the first three matches were won and the ties wrapped up, the final two clashes just for exhibition.

The Volvo Car Open in Charleston ended in a final between two unseeded 19 year olds and that augurs well for the future of women's tennis.  It was Russia's Daria Kasatkina who triumphed, capturing her first WTA title, leaving Jelena Ostapenko in her dust 6-1 6-3. 
The two players have come through the juniors together, and even won successive Grand Slam junior titles - Kasatkina the 2014 French Open and Ostapenko the 2014 Wimbledon.
Kasatkina jumps 13 spots to 29 in the world rankings.

The top two seeds battled for the Abierto GNP Seguros trophy in Monterrey and Angie Kerber missed her opportunity at a first title since the US Open last year.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova prevailed over three sets, surviving a Kerber comeback in the second set 6-2 to level the match.
The Russian steadied, grabbing back the momentum and rushing through the decider 6-1.
Kerber remains the statistical number one because of her rolling twelve months performances, but she is sitting at number 10 in purely 2017 output.  

Interestingly Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are numbers one and two on the rolling twelve month rankings.  However they are 12 and 22 respectively on 2017 performances.

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