In a match with a lot of turns, Martić drove out the 12th best tennis player in the world.
Croatian tennis player Petra Martić had one of the biggest upsets in the first round of the WTA tournament in Cincinnati, after defeating world No. 12, Russia’s Daria Kasatkina, 4:6, 6:4, 6:3. Following two hours and 20 minutes of play, Martić won the fight to place in the 2nd round where she awaits 16-year-old American player Amanda Anisimova, reports HRT on August 15, 2018.
This was the second match between Martić and Kasatkina and the second win of Martić who celebrated three years ago at the Vancouver tournament.
In Cincinnati, the 27-year-old went into the duel better and led 4:2 in the first set. But after the 21-year-old Russian won four consecutive gems, it was Kasatkina to win first set – and when she led 4:2 in the second, it seemed Martić would not be the one to advance to the second round.
Petra Martic moves on in Cincinnati, beating Daria Kasatkina in three sets. pic.twitter.com/knSxA0Chx8
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However, Martić demonstrated her fighting spirit in the duel and gave Kasatkina a taste of her own medicine by winning four games in a row, and in the decisive third set, Martić came to the break first and led 5:2.
In the eighth game, Kasatkina saved three match points and reduced Martić’s lead. In the ninth game, Martić pulled 15:40 at the start and ultimately welcomed a big victory, winning the final set 6:3.
Martić will play in the 2nd round against 16-year-old American player Amanda Anisimova, the current US Open winner, who received the Cincinnati Main Draw invitation and defeated Hungarian player Timea Babos 6:3, 6:4 in the first round. Petra Martić and Amanda Anisimova are scheduled to play on Wednesday evening.