Silicon Valley Classic: Daria Kasatkina pips Elena Rybakina; Karolina Pliskova wins

Daria Kasatkina ousted Elena Rybakina in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose on Monday. The seventh seed took an hour and 40 minutes to wrap up her 1-6, 6-2, 6-0 comeback against the 2022 Wimbledon titlist.

Rybakina won 84% of her first-serve points in the opening set and saved the only break point she faced while converting two of the five break points on Kasatkina’s serve. Her game, however, started dipping from the second set onwards going way too low in the deciding set.

Kasatkina won 66% of her first-serve points and 58% of her second-serve points. At the same time, she also won 75% points on return on Rybakina’s second serves. One of the two games Rybakina won in the set came courtesy of a break but Kasatkina countered all that Rybakina threw her way. In the final set, Rybakina won none of the six points played on her second serves while being able to win only 33% of her first-serve points. In comparison, Kasatkina won 83% of her first-serve points and converted all three break points she had on her opponent’s serve. She didn’t face any break point in the set.

Silicon Valley Classic: Americans triumph

In the second round, Kasatkina will take on Taylor Townsend. The American got through against Australian Storm Sanders in a qualifiers’ derby, 6-1, 6-4 in 70 minutes.

Another American qualifier, Elizabeth Mandlik who made a debut in the main draw of a WTA event this week, moved into the second round as well. The 21-year-old beat compatriot, Alison Riske 6-3, 6-3 in their opening-round match in an hour and 21 minutes.

The daughter of former Grand Slam winner Hana Mandlikova, Mandlik will take on second seed Paula Badosa next.

Amanda Anisimova and Madison Keys also reached the round-of-16 in San Jose. Anisimova defeated fellow countrywoman, wildcard Ashlyn Krueger, 6-2, 7-6(5) while Keys won against Shuai Zhang 6-4, 6-2. Keys will play third seed Ons Jabeur for a chance to reach the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Anisimova’s round-of-16 opponent at the Silicon Valley Classic will be the eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova. The Czech avenged her Wimbledon defeat to British wildcard, Katie Boulter and overcame the loss of the first set to survive in the event, 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-3. 

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