Teenager Kasatkina Wins First WTA Title in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- 19-year-old Daria Kasatkina won the battle of the teenagers in the final of the Volvo Car Open in Charleston on Sunday.

Kasatkina won the match decisively, taking it in two sets 6-3, 6-1.

After trading a couple of breaks in the first set, the Russian won the next 9 of 10 games.

"It's very difficult to describe my feeling now," said Kasatkina after her match. "I feel I'm just sleeping and everything is not real. I'm so happy. Really.

"Yesterday evening and all night I couldn't sleep. I woke up during the whole night like two or three times. I was so nervous, you cannot imagine. I was feeling like, I want to just go on the court and everything let's finish, play. I cannot feeling this anymore. But now it was worth it," said Kasatkina.

Both players were vying for their first WTA title, but Kasatkina got there first. The Russian rising star reached the quarterfinals in Sydney, defeating world No. 1 Angelique Kerber along the way. She also reached the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open, defeating Kerber in the second round for the second time in a row.

Earlier on Sunday, besties and doubles duo Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the doubles trophy over Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova. Mattek-Sands and Safarova, aka Bucie, took the match 6-1, 4-6, 10-7. In January, they won their second Australian Open.

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