World No. 8 In the wake of her unexpected Australian Open second-round loss to 97th-ranked Varvara Gracheva, Daria Kasatkina acknowledged feeling “very hollow.” The overwhelming favorite to defeat Gracheva went into the match as Kasatkina, who was seeded at No. 8.
But Gracheva ended up triumphant, defeating Kasatkina 6-1, 6-1. Kasatkina openly acknowledged what went wrong during the Gracheva match after the match. “I felt pretty bare. I recently lost my internal struggle with myself “Informed Howard Fendrich, Kasatkina.
Surprisingly, Kasatkina only defeated Gracheva in two games.
With back-to-back breaks to take a 4-0 lead, Gracheva got the match off to a highly unexpected start.
Kasatkina ultimately scored in the fifth game after recovering one break and reducing the lead to 4-1. But as soon as Gracheva made her third break in the sixth game before serving out the first set in the following game, Kasatkina once again dropped her service.
Kasatkina was able to serve out the opening game in the second set despite losing the first set quite easily. Kasatkina forced a deuce in the second game, but Gracheva was able to serve out the match. Gracheva obtained the first break of the second set in the third game, which was unfortunate for Kasatkina as it indicated that her service issues persisted.
Kasatkina faced three straight break points in the fourth game while being down a set and a break. But Gracheva gained a 3-1 advantage, and Kasatkina missed all of them. In the fifth game, Gracheva won another break to lead by a double break, depriving Kasatkina of a game point.
After serving out the sixth game to take a 5-1 lead, Gracheva broke Kasatkina once more in the seventh game to win the set. It wasn’t the best Australian swing for Kasatkina, but it wasn’t the worst either.
Kasatkina finished in second place at Adelaide 2 after losing in the first round at Adelaide 1. Kasatkina had high expectations for her performance at the Australian Open, so this was undoubtedly a very disappointing outcome for her.