Led one round to nothing by Aryna Sabalenka, Daria Kasatkina was able to recover in order to qualify for the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in San José.
Daria Kasatkina will not miss the semi-finals in San José. Seeded number 7 of the tournament, the Russian knew how to have the last word in her duel with Aryna Sabalenka. A meeting that the two players did not approach in the best conditions, each losing their first game of service. However, it was the Belarusian who was able to take the lead, leading five games to two after taking the service of the Russian. Daria Kasatkina hung on and thought she was behind by once again erasing her late serve game. Nevertheless, on a white game, Aryna Sabalenka was able to conclude this first set. The second round then started with a burst of pride from Daria Kasatkina. The 12th in the world took twice the service of her opponent to lead three games to nothing…
Another comeback victory 💪
— wta (@WTA) August 5, 2022
But the number 6 in the WTA rankings immediately responded to come back up to par. The exchanges of breaks did not stop there and it ended up turning in favor of the Russian just before the decisive game. Dismissing a last break point, it was on her second set point that she restarted the match. It is then that Aryna Sabalenka is like leaving the match. Unable to put her opponent in difficulty, the Belarusian was no longer able to keep her serve. Breaking three times, first snatching then more authoritatively, Daria Kasatkina played to conclude the match with a shutout (4-6, 7-5, 6-0 in 2h23′). Cori Gauff, seeded number 6, or Paula Badosa, second in the hierarchy of the tournament, will be on her way to the semi-finals.