Kasatkina overcomes Bouzkova for first WTA title since 2018

​Russia’s Daria Kasatkina overcame Marie Bouzkova to win the Phillip Island Trophy, her first title since 2018.

Daria Kasatkina clinched her first WTA Tour title since 2018 with a three-set win over Marie Bouzkova in the Phillip Island Trophy final in Melbourne on Friday.

Kasatkina, a former top 10 player who has fallen out of the top 100 in the rankings, edged past Czech 13th seed Bouzkova 4-6 6-2 6-2. The Russian’s success gave her a third WTA Tour crown and first since October 2018. She’ll climb to No 72 in the WTA rankings.

Bouzkova lost her previous meeting with Kasatkina last year but looked on track for a maiden WTA title after taking the first set. But Kasatkina, who made a second-round exit at the Australian Open, lost just eight points on serve in the final two sets against Bouzkova to land the crown.

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