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What about Kasatkina? Daria missed a double match point and lost sensationally to a lucky loser

Date: June 25, 2024 Time: 15:44:48

What about Kasatkina? Daria missed a double match point and lost sensationally to a lucky loser

Alexander Nasonov June 20, 2023, 18:30 Moscow time

Elina Avanesyan hit the net again at the last moment and claimed victory in the opener in Berlin.

On Tuesday, June 20, the matches of the first round on the “five hundred” pitch in Berlin (Germany) are over. At this point, two Russian derbies are scheduled at the same time, and in one of them the country’s first racket, Daria Kasatkina, seeded under the eighth number, will play the 20-year-old Elina Avanesyan, who is ranked 81st in the WTA. classification. Initially, Petra Martic was supposed to be Kasatkina’s rival, but the Croatian withdrew shortly before the start of the match, and instead of her began to prepare for the game Avanesyan, who lost in the qualifying final, but ultimately he got on the net as a lucky loser.

Both Kasatkina and Avanesyan entered the court for the first time since Roland Garros. Both tennis players showed the same results in the tournament, falling in the 1/8 final. But if for Daria, who could not defend last year’s semifinal, this is rather a failure, then for Elina it is a real breakthrough. The 20-year-old, who also entered the main draw as a lucky loser in Paris, lost there to future finalist Karolina Muchova. And she got into the top 100, while Kasatkina, having lost to the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, on the contrary, fell out of the top ten for the first time in a long time.

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In the first set, Kasatkina did not really find her tone, perhaps at the beginning of the match a long forced break due to rain affected. Of her four games, she took only one, even though she did break at the same time. As a result, Avanesyan took the game with a score of 6:2, after converting the third set point on reception. In the second set, Daria improved and, having scored two breaks early on, took the 5:1 lead. She then gave away two games, while losing a set point on the reception, but in the ninth game, while conceding, she converted the second set point in the game – 6:3.

There was a real swing in the decisive match. The first game turned out to be the most stubborn, in which he was “exactly” seven times. Avanesyan took it from fourth break point. Then Kasatkina took the initiative, made a break, and then the second and took the lead 5:2. Despite this, Elina was able to level the score, making the necessary break in the ninth game, after which she took her serve – 5:5. The rivals then took one “their” game each and proceeded to a tiebreaker, which also turned out to be a “swing”. Avanesyan recovered a double match point with a score of 4:6, then, already with 7:6 in her favor, she herself missed the match point, but at the second attempt she won: 6:2, 3:6 , 7:6 (9:7) for 2 hours and 25 minutes of playback.

This is how Kasatkina was unexpectedly defeated by a less experienced compatriot. Avanesyan in the second round can also fight the Russian, namely Anna Blinkova, if she beats the German Laura Siegemund (Q). In general, today is a great game day at the tournament, including the second Russian derby Ekaterina Alexandrova – Lyudmila Samsonova. But the legend of Russian tennis Vera Zvonareva lost to the second racket in the world Arina Sobolenko. Follow all the events live in the “Championship”.

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