Russia’s Daria Kasatkina claimed her second WTA title with a hard-fought three-set victory over Ons Jabeur in the Kremlin Cup final. Kasatkina, currently ranked 12th in the world, looked like falling at the final hurdle when slipping a set and 4-1 behind before she rallied to secure a 2-6 7-6 (3) 6-4 triumph in a two-hour battle.
The success means the 21-year-old will enter the top 10 for the first time when the new rankings list comes out on Monday.
Tunisia’s Jabeur has already become the first Arab woman to reach an ATP semi-final and final, and seemed set to make history for the third time, but it was not to be.
However, the 24-year-old will rise from 101st in the world to 63rd on Monday – the highest ranking ever achieved by an Arab or North African woman.
Kasatkina lost last year’s Moscow final to Julia Goerges and she admitted that winning the title has put her in dreamland.
“I remember 10 years ago as a kid, I was coming here just to watch this tournament and I was dreaming of just standing on this centre court holding the trophy and here I am, it’s a dream come true,” she said.