Daria Kasatkina has won the Kremlin Cup, as qualifier Ons Jabeur narrowly failed to become the first Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) winner from Tunisia on Saturday October 21st. As reported by AP, Jabeur was a set and a break point up at 4-1 when she seemed to tire in her eighth match in as many days, allowing Kasatkina to win 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 with vocal support from the home crowd.
Jabeur ranked outside the top-100 but played some scintillating tennis throughout the entire week and edged closer than ever to winning a maiden career WTA title, even a first Premier title.
The 21-year-old Russian said, “When I was a little girl 10 years ago, I was coming to this tournament and dreaming of being champion one day. Thank you to everyone who believed in me.” Sixth-seeded Kasatkina ended a run of three losses in finals, including last year's Kremlin Cup and has a career record of two out of three wins. Her previous win was in Charleston, USA in April 2017.
Jabeur played high-risk tennis, with 45 winners and 65 unforced errors, against 12 winners and 26 unforced errors for the defence-firstminded Kasatkina. After the match Jabeur commented, “I wanted to win today but it is not meant to be. Maybe it is a little bit lack of experience but this is my first final so hopefully I can have many more. Not a chance for me in the third set, cramping.”