Russian number one secures spot in prestigious finals — RT Sport News

Russian women’s tennis number one Daria Kasatkina has been guaranteed a place in the big-money WTA Finals after the results unfolded on Thursday.

Kasatkina, 25, will make her first appearance in the season finale which takes place in Fort Worth, Texas from October 31 to November 7.

The Russian’s place among the eight singles qualifiers was confirmed when Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Madison Keys at the Guadalajara Open in Akron, Mexico, ending Keys’ chances of reaching the showpiece. end of the season.

The result means world number 11 Kasatkina and Belarusian world number four Aryna Sabalenka have both secured places in the WTA Finals, where a total of $5 million in prize money will be on offer.

Kasatkina lost her match at the Akron Open in Guadalajara to compatriot Anna Kalinskaya in three sets on Thursday, but the loss was irrelevant in the context of her bid to reach the WTA Finals.

Kasatkina earned her place among the eight contenders with a solid season overall, which saw her win titles at the WTA 500 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose and the WTA 250 National Bank Championships in Granby.

The Tolyatti-born star also had a career-best Grand Slam run until the French Open semi-finals in June, before losing to eventual winner Iga Swiatek.

Kasatkina and Sabalenka joined world number one Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, Coco Gauff and Caroline Garcia as qualifiers for the WTA Finals singles draw, with just one more berth up for grabs.

The last spot could be captured by another Russian, world number 12 Veronika Kudermetova, although she faces a stern quarter-final test against Greek world number six Maria Sakkari at the Akron Open in Guadalajara on Friday.

The winner of this match will secure the final berth for Fort Worth.

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