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Inspired By Coach, Daria Kasatkina Wins Dramatic Moscow Final

Daria Kasatkina won her first Moscow title in emotional circumstances as she edged Ons Jabeur in a three set battle.

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Daria Kasatkina was once agin inspired by her coach, Philippe Dehaes, as she defeated Ons Jabeur 2-6 7-6(3) 6-4 to win the Moscow title. 

 

The Russian was 6-2 4-1 down to Jabeur before battling back to win an emotional first Kremlin Cup title as she drew inspiration from her coach.

The win was the second title of her career after winning Charleston in 2017 as she secured a lifelong dream to win a title in her home country.

It also means that she will be the first alternate for the WTA Finals in Singapore with Anastasija Sevastova being the second alternate.

However the sixth seed once again had to fight to victory as her Tunisian opponent dominated proceedings in the first set and a half.

The qualifier, who played nine hours of Tennis already, struck the ball with authority causing Kasatkina to defend for the majority of the match.

As expected the Russian looked nervy and Jabeur pounced with some awesome shot-making as she took the first set 6-2 in 24 minutes.

The Tunisian didn’t slow down in the second set as she recovered from a break down to race to a 4-1 lead. The world number 14 needed inspiration once again, so on came her coach Philippe Dehaes with the following message:

It once again seemed to have worked as she pulled the break back and started to play without fear, which is what Dehaes requested. 

Despite getting the crucial break, the Russian’s serve was once again her weak point as Jabeur broke on her sixth break point to force a tiebreaker.

The Russian wasn’t going to let this match go away from her easily as she secured the tiebreak 7-3 with the Moscow crowd on their feet.

The third set was topsy-turvy affair with Kasatkina surrendering an early break lead as Jabeur continued to hit through the stubborn Russian.

Eventually the amount of matches being played by the Tunisian this week proved too much as her tiredness got the better of her.

The Tunisian started to cry before the final game and those tears amplified throughout the game. However Kasatkina held her nerve to break to love, which lead to emotions of her own.

Despite the loss, it was a great week for Jabeur who now enters the 2019 season as a top 100 player and made Tunisian tennis history with a first WTA final.

However it was Kasatkina’s day, who wins the Kremlin Cup for the first time and becomes the sixth Russian player to win the prestigious event.

Now the Russian goes to the WTA Finals as the first alternate after her efforts in Moscow this week as she looks to close a fantastic season in style.

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Father Of Dayana Yastremska Reveals The Reasons Behind Her Lacklustre Season

Alexander Yastremsky says his daughter was ‘mentally broken’ in recent weeks due to a personal issue.

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Rising star Dayana Yastremska struggled on the Tour during the second half of 2020 due to a family-related issue, according to her father.

 

The world No.29 closed out her season with three consecutive first round losses at the French Open, Ostrava and Linz to players who were ranked lower than her. Yastremska looked to be on course for a strong year after reaching the final of the Adelaide International in January. However, since then she has only managed to reach the quarter-final stage in one out of 10 tournaments played.

Reflecting on his daughter’s difficult season during an interview with Ukrainian Tennis, Alexander Yastremsky says she had been ‘mentally broken’ in recent weeks due to her mother having a series of surgeries on her eye.

“People were complaining like why Dayana had such poor results at Roland Garros and afterwards but they didn’t know it was a hard time for her mother,” he said.
“Before the first round she had a retinal detachment. She went through three surgeries in Paris and two more at home. Everything is fine now but at that time Dayana was broken mentally.”

Besides her mother’s health scare, Yastremska had to find a new structure in her team after the departure of Sasha Bajin following the US Open. Bajin, who is the former coach of Naomi Osaka, worked with her for less than a year. Last week it was confirmed that he will be working with Karolina Pliskova in the new year.

“Sascha Bajin is a good coach, very helpful but it turned out he wasn’t ours,” said Alexander. “I don’t look at this partnership as a mistake for Dayana, it was another experience for her but I don’t see any advantages either.”
“Everyone looks only at how good you play and what result you get.”

Prior to Bajin, Yastremska worked with Belgium’s Olivier Jeunehomme who guided her to three WTA titles between 2018-2019. Since his departure, she is yet to add to her title tally but did rise to a ranking high of 21st earlier this year.

“It’s not easy to work with Dayana she has a tough personality,” her father admits. “Relationships on and off the court are very important for her.
“Right now we have a new team, very positive and committed . That’s the key for us. There’s no need to brag about their achievements. Results will come and time will tell. Our focus is on the off-season and hard work.”

Yastremska has started her off-season in Dubai. She ends the year with a win-loss record of 15-12 and has made just over $486,000 in prize money.

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Karolina Pliskova hires Sascha Bajin as new coach

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Former world number 1 player Karolina Pliskova has hired German coach Sasha Bajin for the upcoming 2021 season. The Czech player has split up with Daniel Vallverdu. 

 

Under the guidance of Vallverdu Pliskova has not won a single title in 2020 but she reached her second final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, the tournament she won in 2019 beating Johanna Konta. This year she was forced to withdraw from the Rome final against Simona Halep due to an injury problem. 

Pliskova successfully defended her 2019 title in Brisbane and lost to Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova in the third round of the Australian Open and was defeated by Elena Rybakina in the quarter finals in Dubai. She lost to Ons Jabeur in Doha. In her first tournament after the suspension due to the pandemic Pliskova was beaten by Veronika Kudemertova in the second round at the Western and Southern Open in New York. At the US Open Karolina was knocked out by Caroline Garcia in the second round. 

The Czech star lost in the first round in Ostrava after winning the first set. 

Bajin parted his ways with Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska in 2020. The Ukrainian player was not happy after Bajin praised Naomi Osaka, who beat Yastremska at the US Open. 

Pliskova introduced her new coaching team to her fans on Twitter. 

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WTA will change the names of tournament categories

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The WTA will change the names of its tournament categories to be in line with ATP, according to Spanish sports newspaper Marca. 

 

The Premier Mandatory tournaments (Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Beijing) and Premier 5 tournaments (Doha, Rome, Rogers Cup in Canada, Cincinnati and Wuhan) will shift to 1000s. Premier tournaments will be renamed 500 tournaments under the new system. International events will change to 250 events. $125Ks will be renamed as 125-events. 

Points given to the winners might not be the same as the event level unlike the ATP tournaments. The WTA currently awards 1000 points, 900 points and 470 points.The WTA tournament in Madrid will extend by three days. It will be a 11-day event. 

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