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Sunday, December 04, 2022

First surprise: Daria Kasatkina Falls, champion in San Jose

Day one of the WTA 1,000 in Cincinnati, and the first bell. Ninth-seeded Daria Kasatkina lost her debut to American Amanda Anisimova in a double 6-4 in just one hour. Despite conquering San Jose, the Russian is engulfed in a losing streak of results and, like Canada, bids goodbye to the first tournament. The match couldn’t have started better for Tolyatti’s native as she broke Anisimova’s first serve, but it was just a mirage. Drowning in doubts translated into unforeseen errors and lack of confidence, The Russian was undone like a cube of sugar and the American took advantage of the situation to put themselves in a 4-1 favor in a thousand wonders.

With water up to her neck and the edge of the abyss, the 26-year-old tennis player stepped forward, reacted quickly and showed her best version until the duel was taken 4-4. Anisimova did not spare the serve and leveled at 5-4. The moment in which Kasatkina did not know how to manage the pressure and lost 6-4 in the first round. as if from one action That was it, the tone of the second set followed the same script as the first. The American took advantage of the No. 10 drop in the WTA rankings and immediately ground with a break (2–0) in the middle.

Kasatkina did not want to make a mistake on the first set and immediately responded by correcting her serve. entered the party The roller coaster turned into a battle of the brakes ending in a draw. In the light of 4-4, Anisimova once again did her homework and released all the pressure on a serve. Kasatkina, who was again vulnerable until losing the final 6-4, ended her hopes in Cincinnati.

Number 25 in the world, for its part, Elena Rybkina defeated Mayor Sheriff of Egypt 6-3, 6-2 in her debut and will be the second round opponent of Spanish Garbine Muguruza., In addition, ranking number 20 Veronika Kudermetova did not fail on her debut and comfortably beat Czech Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 in a double.

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