Kasatkina beats hobbling Jabeur in Kremlin Cup final crying game

Ruben Hill
October 22, 2018

Jabeur was a set and a break up at 4-1 when she seemed to tire in her eighth match in as many days, allowing Kasatkina to win 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 with vocal support from the home crowd. Against Ekaterina Makarova in the first round, she didn't immediately realize she'd won and moved to serve again as Makarova went to shake hands. "I was crying because I was cramping", tweeted Jabeur.

Playing her first WTA final, and a first for a Tunisian, Jabeur recovered with some aggressive returns as she reeled off four games in a row to claim the first set.

Medvedev won 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 against last year's finalist Ricardas Berankis, while Khachanov beat Mirza Basic 6-2, 7-6 (5).

After clinching the match, Kasatkina fell to the court and wept for joy. "It was a little bit frustrating because I missed some easy balls, but I said I was just going to play my game, and if it goes, it goes".

"She (Jabeur) plays interesting tennis with plenty of drop shots, often advances to the net", Kasatkina said. The victory also earned her a trip to WTA Finals in Singapore, overtaking Aryna Sabalenka as the first alternate for the season-ending tournament next week. "Hopefully I will do more here next year".

But 21-year-old Russian Kasatkina, the sixth seed, proved too strong in a comprehensive straight sets victory.

In the second set tiebreak Kasatkina, ranked 14th in the world, was slightly more accurate to level the match at one set all after one hour 25 minutes on court.

In the deciding set Jabeur, who was playing her eighth match in eight days, looked obviously exhausted.

Mannarino beat former Moscow champion Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-5 in their semifinal.

"We have the same pace".

"That was a tactical game and just a couple of points at the end made the difference".

In Saturday's final, Jabeur will face sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation, last year's runner-up, who put out Britain's Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3. "They helped me through the end because it was a little bit hard".

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