DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - 19-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina won her first ever WTA event taking the Volvo Car Open championship in straight sets over fellow teenager Jalena Ostapenko on Sunday.
Kasatkina overpowered Ostapenko in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
The Russian took control mid way through the 1st set and never looked back breaking Ostapenko in five of her last six service games.
"Very difficult to describe my feeling now." Kasatkina said. "I feel I'm just sleeping and everything is not real. I'm so happy."
Kasatkina said she wanted to play smarter on Sunday and let Ostapenko's aggressiveness work against her.
"Today's tactic was to be a little bit more defensive, go back, spin, slice the ball because it's clay, and she's playing really aggressive." Kasatkina said. "And usually she is beating aggressive players because she like this type of game, everything. So we decide that I have to go back and make her tired. So it was a good tactic, I think."
"today was really not my day" Ostapenko said afterwards. "and I just didn't feel the ball that well, and I was missing too much, and because she was only defending during the whole match. And yeah, it was just probably not my day."