The 22nd racket of the world, Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina, at the start of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix competition defeated Belgian Elise Mertens, who is 18th in the world ranking, 7/6 (8), 7/5.
For 1 hour and 53 minutes of the match, Daria made one ace and four breaks, mistaking nine times when serving. Whereas, Elise doubled through and implemented three break points, making four double faults.
Score in the personal meetings, opponents became 2-1 in favor of the Russians. In the second round of the tournament in Stuttgart Kasatkina will play either with the Croat Donna Vekic, with the Italian Julia Gatto.
Russian woman beat a rival from the Top 20 for the first time in nine months.