Daria Kasatkina came back from a set down against the tricky Laura Siegemund to move into the first WTA singles final of her career at the Volvo Car Open.
WTA Staff

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Daria Kasatkina came back from a set down against the tricky Laura Siegemund to move into the first WTA singles final of her career at the Volvo Car Open, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

She awaits the winner between No.11 seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Jelena Ostapenko to fight for a chance to take home her maiden title.

"I was so nervous during the match and before the match, because even you are trying not to think about these things and they are coming to your head anyway," Kasatkina admitted in her post-match press conference. "So it was tough, tough match. It was more about mental than about the game.

"It's nice. Finally I made the final. Don't know what will happen tomorrow. Never have been in the final. So we will see."

It took the Russian a bit of time to get used to the German's game - Siegemund was covering the court and peppering the rallies with smart dropshots, keeping Kasatkina on her toes. She edged through in a tug-of-war opening set, earning the deciding break after trading breaks twice with Kasatkina.

But after that it was all Kasatkina, who raised her level and brought the game to the German. She played more aggressively, moving up into the court to cut off Siegemund's timing. She reeled off nine games on the bounce to snap up the second set and take a daunting 5-0 lead in the second.

Kasatkina faced a late wobble while serving out the match, though, facing three break points at the game for 5-0 and seeing three match points erased at 5-1.

The 19-year-old has fallen twice before in the semifinal stage - at Moscow in 2015 and St. Petersburg in 2016 - but she was determined to avoid the hat trick, and took her fourth match point for a spot into her very first WTA singles final after two hours and twenty minutes.

"The difference is that I had two matches over three hours and she didn't, I think," Siegemund explained after the match. She took a medical time out in the third set to receive treatment on her right thigh, adding to the tape already on her right knee.

"I just couldn't move any more. The week is a long week, and I'm a really fit player but she just started giving me no pace at all.

"I just started to miss here and there like this, my serve started to go down. Very frustrating for me because I was playing really well and it was like someone unplugging my energy."