Daria Kasatkina will bid for her third title in the 2021 season on Sunday at the Silicon Valley Classic. The Russian, seeded fourth in San Jose, upset top seed Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 21 minutes. Kasatkina hit 22 winners to Mertens’ 20 and had just 11 unforced errors to the Belgian’s 25.
She saved the only break point she faced while converting three of the 14 break point chances she had on Mertens’ serve. In her post-match conversation with the media, Kasatkina shared, “Even in two sets, I felt it was quite a high-intensity match.
I’m happy that I was able to close it in two sets, because I spent quite a lot of energy in the previous matches, and it was important to play this one as short as possible. I’m happy that I was able to do it”.
Kasatkina’s now 4-0 in the semi-finals she’s played this season. Of the three previous finals she’s reached, the Russian’s won two – the Phillip Island Trophy and the St. Petersburg Open. In her third final at the Viking Classic in Birmingham, Kasatkina lost to Ons Jabeur.
Silicon Valley Classic: Daria Kasatkina's surge continues
Meanwhile, in San Jose, Kasatkina will take on American, Danielle Collins. The ninth seed won her ninth match on the trot as she ousted Ana Konjuh 6-0, 6-2 in just 52 minutes.
Following her successful outing at the Palermo Ladies Ope,n which marked her first title victory, Collins will attempt to win her second WTA title at home, in the US. “I made some improvements along the way in this tournament.
I think part of the reason I was hitting my shots so well today is because of all the tough opponents I’ve had to play over the last couple days, and how hard I’ve had to work for every point. I’ve played so many hard-hitting opponents who run down ball after ball, so I came out feeling like I was hitting the ball really clean, and playing with confidence really the entire way through,” Collins said, after her win.
Going into the Silicon Valley Classic final, it’s Daria Kasatkina who leads the head-to-head against Danielle Collins. Kasatkina’s won both their prior meetings, including their semi-final match at the Phillip Island Trophy. Photo Credit: WTA Russians Twitter/Getty