1995 Davis Cup finalist, former world number nine Andrei Chesnokov, in a conversation with , said he did not think Daria Kasatkina favorite of the WTA tournament in Japan.
In the opening match, Kasatkina, who received the sixth seed, defeated Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk. The match ended with a score of 3:6, 6:4, 6:3 in favor of the Russian. The athletes spent 2 hours and 24 minutes on the field.
— Where Sabalenka plays, I cannot call Kasatkina the favorite of the tournament. But Daria can go very far on the grid. Rybakina, Sabalenko, Swiatek can be called favorites, and then all the others,” Chesnokov told .
In the next round, the 13th racket in the world will face the Greek Despina Papamikhail.
Source : MatchTV
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