07/01/2017 – Timi’s opponent in singles will be Daria Kasatkina.
On Saturday in Sydney the main draw was made for singles and doubles at the 776 000 USD WTA tournament, called Apia International. In singles, Timi’s opponent will be Daria Kasatkina. While, in doubles Timi and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia will meet the pair of Raquel Atawo and Yifan Xu (USA, China).
Kasatkina (born: 7 May 1997) is currently ranked 26th, her career best position was 24 (15 August 2016). So far, she has won 7 ITF events in singles. At the 2016 season she was a semifinalist in St Petersburg (Russia, 753 000 USD, indoor carpet). She reached the quarter-final at Indian Wells (United States, 6,134,605 USD, hard court), Charleston (United States, 753 000 USD, clay), Montreal (Canada, 2,714,413 USD, hard court), at the Rio Olympic Games (Brazil, hard court) and Moscow (Russia, 823 888 USD, indoor carpet).
The Russian teen started the 2017 at Brisnabe. At the 1 000 000 USD event Kasatkina won 6:3, 6:3 against Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) in the opening round. Then, she was beaten 7:5, 3:6, 7:6 in the second round by the 4th seed Garbine Muguruza (Spain).
Timi and Pavlyuchenkova will meet Atawo (World No21) and Xu (World No20).
The 34-year old American player, Atawo had a career best position of 10 (2 March 2015). So far, she has won 16 WTA and 18 ITF doubles competition. Last year, she remained unbeaten at Stanford (United States, 753 000 USD, hard court), with Abigail Spears. They reached the semifinal in Prague (Czech Republic, 500 000 USD, clay), Wimbledon (England, Grand Slam competition, grass), Tokyo (Japan, 1 million USD, hard court) and Linz (Austria, 250 000 USD, indoor carpet).
The 26-year old Xu’s career best position was 16 (11 July 2016). So far, she has won 4 WTA and 22 ITF doubles tournaments. At the end of last season she won the WTA Elite Trophy (China, hard court, Co: Ipek Soylu) and was a finalist in Tianjin (China, 500 000 USD, hard court, Co: Magda Linette). Last January, she was a finalist in Shenzhen (China, 500 000 USD, hard court, Co: Zheng Saisai), then reached the semifinal at the Australian Open (Australia, Grand Slam competition, hard court, Co: Zheng).