In the first all-teen WTA final this decade, Daria Kasatkina knocked out Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 6-1, to win her first career WTA title at the Volvo Car Open on Sunday.
Ostapenko had ousted former champion Caroline Wozniacki and Australian Open semifinals Mirjana Lucic-Baroni en route to her third career final, while the 2014 junior Roland Garros champion Kasatkina scored wins over Olympic champion Monica Puig, good friend Daria Gavrilova, No.10 seed Irina-Camelia Begu, and clay court specialist Laura Siegemund en route to her first final.
It seemed as though the entire WTA was thrilled for the teenager’s triumph, beginning with even those whom she vanquished (and fed a few bagels to) en route to lifting the trophy.
(Kasatkina beat Puig in the second round, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-2 and her good friend and doubles partner Gavrilova in the third round, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.)
Game recognizes game — and some of the WTA’s other resident teen queens also wished their peer congratulations as she joined the club. The Russian became the first teenager to win a title at Premier-level or high since Belinda Bencic won the Rogers Cup in 2015.
Then came…well, the rest.
When all was said and done, it proved to be a banner day for Russia, as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova bested World No. 1 Angelique Kerber to win her fourth career crown at the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.