Dasha spent a bit more than an hour to defeat Simona Halep on her way to the third round of Wuhan Open: 6-2 6-1.
Dasha lost her serve twice in the first set but still managed to make four breaks on her opponent’s serve. She also made another two breaks in the second set without losing a single game on her serve. It is Dasha’s third victory over the representative of top-5 of the ranking. Earlier this year Dasha has beaten the German Angelique Kerber twice. “
It's always difficult to play against Simona”, said Dasha after her victory. “The game was much more difficult than the score looks. I played a good game. I prepared for this match well”.
Dasha will play against the other Russian Ekaterina Makarova (World No. 35) in the third round. Last year Kasatkina managed to won their only game which took place at Kremlin Cup in Moscow.