On Wednesday, June 1, Daria Kasatkina defeated Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 7-6 (7) to qualify for her maiden Grand Slam semi-final. She will either face Jessica Pegula or Iga Swiatek.
Daria Kasatkina. Courtesy: Reuters
- Kasatkina won the match 6-4, 7-6 (7)
- Kasatkina will either face Pegula or Swiatek in the semis
- Kasatkina showed impressive form in the quarter-final
World No.20 Daria Kasatkina defeated Veronika Kudermetova in the quarter-final of the French Open 2022 to book a place in the semi-final. She also qualified for her maiden Grand Slam semis in her career. The 25-year-old won 6-4, 7-5 at Phillippe-Chatrier and is next set to face either Jessica Pegula or World No.1 Iga Swiatek. Pegula and Swiatek will lock horns at the same venue later today.
Kudermetova smashed 12 winners as compared to Kasatkina’s two and also nailed three aces, however as many as 23 unforced errors pushed her back big time. She mostly depended on overhead shots, passing shots and volley shots, but couldn’t get the better of her opponent.
In the second set, Kudermetova gave Kastakina a run for her money and took it into a tie-breaker. After Kasatkina took a 5-0 lead, Kudermetova saved quite a few match points, but in the end, fell short of making a comeback. The fact that Kudermetova made 50 unforced errors in the match went on to cost her.
It remains to be seen who Kastakina faces in the semis. Swiatek is being deemed as the favourite to win the other quarter-final since she is on a 31-match winning streak. Swiatek lost a set to China’s Zheng Qinwen in the fourth round before the latter lost the match after suffering from cramps.
Coco Gauff and Marina Trevisan will lock horns in the first quarter-final. Gauff qualified for her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final after beating USA’s Sloane Stephens in the quarter-final.