Daria Kasatkina completed a topsy-turvy win over Angelique early Tuesday morning at the Rogers Cup, rallying from a set down to win, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Reported by WTATennis.com
The young Russian has endured a largely disappointing season after finishing 2018 ranked inside the Top 10, but showed signs of her best tennis against Kerber, tying up their eight-match rivalry after one hour and 57 minutes on Centre Court.
Kasatkina lost in straight sets to Elina Svitolina last week at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, and appeared on course for a similarly quick defeat against Kerber, who raced through the opening set – allowing the Russian just 15 points as she struck an even eight winners to eight unforced errors.
The Russian found her range in the second set, hitting eight winners of her own and reducing her unforced errors (11 in the first to just six in the second) as she soon leveled the match against the three-time Grand Slam champion.
Kasatkina took that momentum into the decider with a quick 2-0 lead, but it was Kerber who responded by reeling off three straight games of her own, getting within two points of a 4-2 advantage.
Unseeded in Toronto, Kasatkina turned the tables once more and won four of the final five games, reversing a 40-15 deficit as Kerber served to stay in the match to secure victory on her second opportunity.
In all, she struck 16 winners to 32 unforced errors and converted five of 10 break point chances. While Kerber had more winners, she also had more errors, ending the clash with 24 and 45 of each.
Up next for the 22-year-old Kasatkina will be the winner of an all-Canadian battle between former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard and reigning BNP Paribas Open champion Bianca Andreescu, who has been off the tour for much of the past five months due to a nagging shoulder injury.