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Daria Kasatkina
Дарья Касаткина
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Full nameDaria Sergeyevna Kasatkina
Country (sports) Russia
Born (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 21)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2012
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachVladimír Pláteník (2014–2017)
Philippe Dehaes (2017–present)
Prize moneyUS$4,930,094
Official websitekasatkina.net
Career record187–88 (68%)
Career titles2 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 10 (22 October 2018)
Current rankingNo. 10 (22 October 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2016)
French OpenQF (2018)
WimbledonQF (2018)
US Open4R (2017)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (2016)
Career record42–39 (51.85%)
Career titles1 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 43 (12 September 2016)
Current rankingNo. 90 (13 August 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2016)
French Open2R (2017)
Wimbledon3R (2016)
US Open3R (2017)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (2016)
Team competitions
Fed Cup4–2 (66.67%)
Last updated on: 16 August 2018.

Daria Sergeyevna Kasatkina[a] (Russian: Дарья Сергеевна Касаткина; born 7 May 1997)[1] is a Russian professional tennis player. On 22 October 2018, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 10, and on 12 September 2016, she peaked at No. 43 in the doubles rankings.[2]

Kasatkina, coached by Vladimir Platenik from Slovakia, has won two singles and one doubles title on the WTA Tour. She also won the girls' singles tournament at the French Open in June 2014, defeating Ivana Jorović in three sets in the final.[3][4] Kasatkina was part of the Russia team that won the Junior Fed Cup in 2013.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Daria was born 7 May 1997 in Tolyatti, Samara Oblast. Her father Sergey works at the Volga Automobile Plant, and her mother Tatyana is a housewife.[7][8] Tatyana and Sergey are both Candidates for Master of Sports—Tatyana in athletics and Sergey in ice hockey. Her brother Aleksandr brought her to tennis.[9]


Kasatkina started playing tennis at age six. Maxim Prasolov began coaching her when she was eleven.[10] Three years later her new coach became Damir Rishatovich Nurgaliev, a well-known tennis coach in the Samara Oblast. The fourteen-year-old won her first tournament at the fourth-graded Samara Cup. A year later she debuted at Grand Slam junior tournaments. The Russian team of Kasatkina, Veronika Kudermetova and Aleksandra Pospelova won the Junior Fed Cup in 2013, defeating Australia in the final in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.[5][6]

She started her professional career in 2013.[7][8] Within a year, from year-end 2014 to 2015, Kasatkina jumped 300 ranking positions.[9]

In 2014, she won a Grand Slam junior title at the French Open by defeating Ivana Jorović in the final.

2015: Grand Slam debut, first WTA doubles title[edit]

Kasatkina made her senior Grand Slam debut at the US Open in the main draw as a lucky loser in 2015, after Maria Sharapova withdrew due to injury. She beat Daria Gavrilova and Ana Konjuh to make the third round, losing to Kristina Mladenovic.[11] She won her first career doubles title at the Kremlin Cup with Elena Vesnina. She also reached semifinals in singles as a qualifier, defeating Carla Suárez Navarro in the quarterfinals before falling to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.[12]

2016: First top-10 win, Fed Cup debut[edit]

At the ASB Classic, Kasatkina scored the biggest victory of her career, defeating defending champion, seven-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1, Venus Williams, in the first round in three sets. But in the second round, she lost to Japanese Nao Hibino in tight three sets. At the Australian Open she was drawn against 27th seed Anna Karolína Schmiedlová in the first round and won in straight sets. She then won in straight sets over Konjuh in the second round, but lost to world No. 1, Serena Williams, in the third round in 44 minutes.

Kasatkina at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships

Kasatkina debuted at the 2016 Fed Cup against the Netherlands in the first round, winning the dead rubber in doubles with Ekaterina Makarova. Then, in St. Petersburg, she had the best results among the Russian participants, reaching the semifinals in singles, falling to Belinda Bencic.

At the Qatar Total Open, Kasatkina and doubles partner Elena Vesnina rematched No. 1 duo Hingis/Mirza, whom they previously lost to in St. Petersburg. The Russian duo also broke the best-ranked duo's winning-streak record of 41 winning matches in a row.[13]

Following this, Kasatkina debuted at the BNP Paribas Open where she reached her first Premier Mandatory quarterfinal with wins over Daniela Hantuchová, Anna-Lena Friedsam, Monica Puig and 12th seed Timea Bacsinszky before falling to 18th seed Karolína Plíšková in straight sets. Kasatkina also paired up with compatriot Elena Vesnina in the doubles but the pair lost in the second round to eventual finalists Karolína Plíšková and Julia Görges in three sets. Following this tournament, Kasatkina reached a career high in singles and doubles.

The next tournament Kasatkina entered was the Miami Open where she defeated Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round.[14] In the second round she lost to Simona Halep.[15] Kasatkina's rankings in singles and doubles again reached a new career high.

In Charleston, Kasatkina won her 100th match in WTA and ITF combined, by defeating the Chinese Zheng Saisai in straight sets.[16] She reached the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by eventual champion Sloane Stephens.

At the French Open, Kasatkina won her first two matches in three sets. She beat Anna-Lena Friedsam and Virginie Razzano in the first two rounds. In the third round, she lost to Kiki Bertens in a hard-fought three-set match.

Kasatkina again reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon, where she lost in three sets to Venus Williams.[17]

She reached her second Premier quarterfinal at the Rogers Cup, losing there to Angelique Kerber. On the way, she beat 13th-seeded Samantha Stosur and 7th-seeded Roberta Vinci. She qualified for the Olympic Games in singles, and in doubles she replaced injured Margarita Gasparyan to team up with Kuznetsova. In her first Olympics, she beat youngster Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in three sets. In the second round, she easily beat Zheng Saisai and recorded her third win in Rio with a two-setter against Sara Errani. She lost against 7th seed Madison Keys in the quarterfinal. In the doubles, she paired with Svetlana Kuznetsova. The duo lost in the quarterfinal to the Czech pair Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

2017: First WTA singles title[edit]

Kasatkina started the new season in Brisbane, reaching the second round before being defeated by Garbiñe Muguruza. She reached the quarterfinals of the Sydney International, defeating world No. 1, Angelique Kerber, for the first time. In doubles, she tried a partnership with Irina-Camelia Begu in Brisbane but since Sydney, she continued partnering with Daria Gavrilova. Later on, she defeated Kerber for the second time during the second round of the Qatar Open before losing the quarterfinal to Monica Puig. She won the Volvo Car Open in Charleston by defeating Kovinic, Puig, Gavrilova, Begu, Siegemund, and Ostapenko. This was her first career WTA singles final and first deep run in a Premier event.[18]

2018: Top 10, Russian No. 1, first Grand Slam quarterfinal[edit]

Kasatkina started 2018 season by two first-round losses, against Kaia Kanepi in Brisbane and against Barbora Strýcová in Sydney. At Australian Open she lost in second round to Magda Linette.[19] In St. Petersburg she pleased the home crowd by defeating the world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki,[20] before losing in the semifinals to the defending champion Kristina Mladenovic.[21]

By defeating Katerina Siniakova at Indian Wells, Kasatkina became Russia's new No. 1 women's tennis player, surpassing Svetlana Kuznetsova, who stayed 85 weeks on the top position since 16 May 2016.[22] She then defeated reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens in straight sets. With that win, Kasatkina defeated the fourth reigning Grand Slam champion, having defeated Jelena Ostapenko at the 2017 US Open, Caroline Wozniacki in St. Petersburg and Garbine Muguruza in Dubai.[23] She went on scoring her second win over Australian Open champion and world No. 2 Wozniacki, in straight sets.[24] In the quarterfinals, Kasatkina defeated yet another former Grand Slam champion, Angelique Kerber, in straight sets. In the semifinals, she defeated Venus Williams in three sets to advance to her first Premier Mandatory final. After her victory against Venus, it was her fourth consecutive win over a former grand slam champion, following her victories against Stephens, Wozniacki and Kerber respectively. She then was defeated by the unseeded Naomi Osaka in the final in straight sets. Nonetheless, she rose to a career-high ranking of No. 11 in the world.

In Charleston, Kastkina reached quarterfinals, where she lost to Julia Görges.[25] In Madrid, she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza, the No. 3 of WTA rankings at the time.[26] She then lost to the eventual champion Petra Kvitová.[27] In Rome, she beat the qualifiers Ajla Tomljanović and Danielle Collins, before losing to the eventual champion Elina Svitolina in third round.[28]

At the French Open, Kasatkina defeated Kaia Kanepi, Kirsten Flipkens, and Maria Sakkari to meet 2nd seed Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round. She defeated her in straight sets 7-6, 6-3 to make her first Grand Slam quarterfinal where she lost against Sloane Stephens in straight sets.[29]

Kasatkina started grass-court season in Birmingham, where she lost in second round to Lesia Tsurenko. In Eastbourne she defeated Alison Van Uytvanck and Anastasija Sevastova before losing in quarterfinals again to Kerber.[30] In Wimbledon, Kasatkina reached her second Gran Slam quarterfinal. She lost to Angelique Kerber, who went on to win the tournament.[31]

Kasatkina played as second seed at 2018 Moscow River Cup, she lost in second round to Tamara Zidanšek.[32] At Rogers Cup Kasatkina defeated Maria Sakkari before losing to Maria Sharapova in the second round.[33] She then went on to lose to Petra Martić in the first round of the Western and Southern Open,[34] before another second round loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the US Open.[35]

She won her first title of the year on home ground at the Kremlin Cup, defeating Ons Jabeur in the final. The victory secured her top 10 ranking debut. Furthermore, Kasatkina qualified for the 2018 WTA Finals as the first alternate.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.


Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open A 3R 1R 2R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
French Open A 3R 3R QF 0 / 3 8–3 73%
Wimbledon A 3R 2R QF 0 / 3 7–3 70%
US Open 3R 1R 4R 2R 0 / 4 6–4 60%
Win–Loss 2–1 6–4 6–4 10–4 0 / 13 24–13 65%


Tournament 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open 2R 1R 1R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
French Open 1R 2R 1R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Wimbledon 3R A A 0 / 1 2–1 67%
US Open 2R 3R A 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Win–Loss 4–4 3–3 0–2 0 / 9 7–9 44%

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Russian Cup: 2014 Junior of the Year[37]
  • WTA Breakthrough of the Month – April 2017, February 2018; thrice nominated (January, February and March 2016)


  1. ^ Also transliterated as Darya Kasatkina


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  16. ^ "Касаткина: вроде только начала играть среди взрослых, а уже одержала 100 побед" [Kasatkina: It seems like I just started playing among adults, but I already have 100 victories]. Championat.com. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
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  18. ^ "Kasatkina Crowned Queen Of Charleston, Teen Takes First Title Over Ostapenko". 9 April 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
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  20. ^ "Kasatkina knocks off No.1 Wozniacki in St. Petersburg". 2 February 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Mladenovic marvelous to reach second straight St. Petersburg final". 3 February 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  22. ^ Svetlana Kuznetsova's Ranking History
  23. ^ Variety and smart strategy pay off for Daria Kasatkina in a compelling straight-sets defeat of US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.
  24. ^ Russia's Daria Kasatkina scored her second win over Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki this season to reach her second career quarterfinal at the BNP Paribas Open.
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  29. ^ "Stephens storms into first French Open semifinal, downs Kasatkina". 5 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  30. ^ "Kerber triumphs over Kasatkina in Eastbourne thriller". 28 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
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  34. ^ "Brilliant Petra Martić Upsets World No. 12 at Cincinnati Masters". Retrieved 2018-10-21.
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  36. ^ 'It was my childhood dream': Home favorite Kasatkina denies Jabeur to claim Moscow crown
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