Russian rising star Daria Kasatkina upset Italian veteran Roberta Vinci at Rogers Cup

Russian Daria Kasatkina defeated Italian Roberta Vinci in the first round of the Rogers Cup in August, 2017.

Owned and operated by Tennis Canada, Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the women’s tournament this year, welcoming the best players of the WTA from August 5-13 at Aviva Centre in Toronto.

The tournament got underway with no fewer than six Russian ladies in competition. In addition to the veteran players like Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova, up and coming stars included Daria Kasatkina and Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Despite being given a “wild card” placing to compete this year in Toronto, Maria Sharapova had to withdraw from the tournament just five days ago due to injury.

Nevertheless, Russian ladies did not disappoint.

Roberta Vinci is a veteran Italian tennis player. Up until 6 April 2015, she held the position of World No. 1 in doubles, whilst reaching a career-high of World No. 7 in singles in May 2016. She is the fourth Italian woman to have reached the top 10 in singles.

However, the 34-year-old Italian was defeated by 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina: 7-6; 7-6.

Congratulations to Daria!

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August 8, 2017

Go Daria, go!

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