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Daria Kasatkina Wins First Career Title in Charleston

Wednesday, April 11, 2017 - Daria Kasatkina could hardly express herself, after winning the Volvo Car Open Sunday, April 9. She wanted time to stop, so she could enjoy her joy. She was also excited to have a brand new Volvo SUV for her use for a year in Slovakia, where she trains. “You know, in Slovakia not the best roads. Not like in USA. So I have to take a big car, a big safety car.” This was the 19-year-olds second appearance at the Charleston tournament, which was celebrating its 45th year. It is the largest clay-court tournament in the United States and a WTA Premier event. Kasatkina defeated fellow 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 6-1. 

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Daria Kasatkina proudly displays her Volvo Car Open trophy, April 9, 2017, Daniel Island. She was the first teenager to win the tournament since Sabine Lisicki in 2009. Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com.

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Jelena Ostapenko admitted she wasn’t at her best, during Sunday’s final. This was her third final of her young career. Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com. 


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