Young Russian star Daria Kasatkina kicked off her stellar season by facing Serena Williams in the third round of the Australian Open, but how would the two fare in a karaoke face-off?
WTA Staff

WUHAN, China - World No.29 Daria Kasatkina had to do it the hard way, but the Russian teenager made it into the main draw of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open after two rounds of qualifying.

Kasatkina missed the entry deadline for the Premier 5 level event, and had to play WTA qualifying for the first time since the Apia International Sydney back in January.

"My brother usually helps me (with signing up for tournaments) but we both missed this one because there are a lot of tournaments and we just missed the deadline, so it's okay," she said in an exclusive interview with Reem Abulleil of Sport360.

"We realised a bit late, in Cincinnati, we were like 'oh my God, what about Wuhan?' And thank God Beijing is mandatory and you're automatically entered because if not, that would have been a problem too."

Since kicking off her season with a big win over former No.1 Venus Williams, it has been a breakthrough season for the 19-year-old. Just shy of her career-high ranking of No.24 (earned in mid-August), she reached the third round of four straight Grand Slam main draws between last year's US Open - which she entered as a lucky loser - to Wimbledon, where she pushed Venus to a 10-8 final set at the All England Club.

Still, Kasatkina has remained grounded despite her impressive rise into the upper echelons of the WTA rankings. One thing she could improve? Her karaoke skills.

"I like it but I think the people around me don't like it. If you want somebody to leave the room, I can take care of that."

She may yet find a duet partner in Serena Williams, who prepared for her 22nd Grand slam title at this year's Wimbledon Championships with a little karaoke of her own:

Kasatkina is already into the second round of the Wuhan main draw after defeating fellow qualifier Julia Goerges; she next plays American Louisa Chirico.