Kasatkina Crowned Granby Champion

Daria Kasatkina (photo: Tennis Canada)

GRANBY/STARNBERG, August 28, 2022

On Saturday afternoon at the Granby National Bank Championships, tournament top-seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia clinched her sixth career title, defeating Australia’s Daria Saville in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the WTA 250 event in Granby, Quebec. Kasatkina now has two titles in August, having won the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic earlier this month.

Kasatkina, who took a last-minute wild card to play in Granby, entered the US Open warm-up event as the No. 1 seed. She began her road to the title on Monday, surviving a three-set battle against Belgium’s Greet Minnen 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2. Kasatkina then cruised past Poland’s Magdalena Frech (6-3, 6-2), Spaniard Nuria Parrizas Dias (6-3, 6-2), and Frenchwoman Diane Parry (6-2, 6-0) en route to the finals.

The championship match was a much more difficult task for Kasatkina, as Saville pushed her until the veryend of the one-hour and 53-minute bout.

Meanwhile, Saville reached the final with wins over Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (6-3, 6-3), Canadian Katherine Sebov (6-1, 6-0), China’s Xiyu Wang (6-3, 6-0), and benefited from a walkover in the semi-finals.

It was an impressive week for the 28-year-old Australian, who reached her first WTA Tour level final in five years.