Wins Today at Volvo Car Open Set Up Quarterfinal Match Between Friends Kasatkina and Goerges
Tony Callaio, Tennis Atlantic
CHARLESTON, S.C—Thursday started with the round of 16 ready to go including the 2017 defending Volvo Car Open champion and No. 3 seed, Daria Kasatkina.
Kasatkina took on 13th seed, Irina-Camilia Begu taking her out fairly easily 6-2, 6-1 in an afternoon match.
Next up for Kasatkina is WTA tour friend, 5th seed Julie Goerges. Goerges took out one of the tour’s rising stars in Naomi Osaka from Japan.
Regarding Kasatkina’s upcoming match with her friend Goerges, Kasatkina said, “Tough to say because she’s really aggressive, she’s serving well. She has a very aggressive forehand, very solid backhand. To beat her for sure, I have to show something special and to play not like go on court just to play. I think it’s going to be a good match.”
Goerges started out slow in the first set against Osaka eventually getting to a tiebreak. Goerges outscored Osaka 7 to 4 in the tiebreak, taking the first set, 7-6.
The second set was a bit easier time for Goerges before closing it out 6-3.
“I saw that her body language changed in the second set,” Goerges said. “She was, I think a little bit frustrated that she couldn’t take the opportunities she had in the first set and she really let me back in.”
In other action on the day:
No. 7 Madison Keys d. Camilia Giogi 6-4, 6-3
No. 12 Kiki Bertens d. Fanny Stollar 6-2, 6-4
No. 8 Anastasija Sevastova d. No. 9 Ashleigh Barty 6-3, 6-4
Bernarda Pera d. Sara Errani 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Kristyna Pliskova d. No. 16 Elena Vesnini 6-3, 1-6, 6-2