Kasatkina knocks out Gauff in Stuttgart Open 1st round

April 19, 2022 GMT
FILE - Coco Gauff, of the United States, serves to Iga Swiatek, of Poland, during the first set of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 28, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. American Gauff was knocked out in the first round of the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday, April 19, after a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Daria Kasatkina. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol, File)
FILE - Coco Gauff, of the United States, serves to Iga Swiatek, of Poland, during the first set of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 28, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. American Gauff was knocked out in the first round of the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday, April 19, after a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Daria Kasatkina. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol, File)
FILE - Coco Gauff, of the United States, serves to Iga Swiatek, of Poland, during the first set of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 28, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. American Gauff was knocked out in the first round of the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday, April 19, after a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Daria Kasatkina. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol, File)
FILE - Coco Gauff, of the United States, serves to Iga Swiatek, of Poland, during the first set of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 28, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. American Gauff was knocked out in the first round of the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday, April 19, after a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Daria Kasatkina. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol, File)
FILE - Coco Gauff, of the United States, serves to Iga Swiatek, of Poland, during the first set of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 28, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. American Gauff was knocked out in the first round of the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday, April 19, after a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Daria Kasatkina. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol, File)

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — American Coco Gauff was knocked out in the first round of the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday after a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Daria Kasatkina.

The 18-year-old Gauff seemed in control when she was 4-0 up in the opening set but Kasatkina recovered to win the next six games, then only dropped two more as she wrapped up the win in 1 hour and 19 minutes.

The Russian player next faces the seventh-seeded Ons Jabeur, who defeated Marketa Vondrousova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Earlier, Bianca Andreescu defeated Germany’s Jule Niemeier 7-6 (5), 6-3 in her first match since October. The former world No. 4 next faces last year’s finalist Aryna Sabalenka for what will be their first tour-level meeting.

Elena Rybakina defeated another young German qualifier, Nastasja Schunk, 7-6 (3), 7-5 and next meets the second-seeded Paula Badosa in the second round.

Eva Lys, a 20-year-old Ukrainian-born German, delighted the home fans by beating Viktorija Golubic 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 on her professional debut. Their match lasted 3 hours and 9 minutes, the joint fourth-longest WTA main-draw match this year. The 342nd-ranked Lys had come through as a qualifying wildcard.

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