All-Russian final set in St. Petersburg

Sep 3, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Margarita Gasparyan of Russia serves the ball against Serena Williams of the United States on day four of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

No. 8 seed Daria Kasatkina and Margarita Gasparyan will meet in Sunday’s all-Russian final at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in Russia.

Kasatkina, 23, rallied for a 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory against countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova, who was seeded fourth. She struck 12 winners, made just six unforced errors and did not face a break point over the final two sets.

Gasparyan, 26, defeated fellow Russian wild-card entry Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 7-6 (9), fighting off four set points before closing it out on her second match point.

Ranked No. 126, Gasparyan is the lowest-ranked player to reach a WTA 500 or above final since Kuznetsova was ranked 153rd as the 2019 Cincinnati runner-up. Kasatkina, the 2018 Moscow champion, has a chance to become the first player to win both Russian WTA tournaments.

–Field Level Media