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SAN JOSE, Calif.: Daria Kasatkina fell to the ground in triumph and lay on her back for several moments after attacking a short ball off her serve and putting it away with a forehand winner to the ball of game.

A spectacular comeback win sealed on Sunday at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, the Russian star then went on to outline his world upside down: “I want to thank everyone who now shares this moment with us on this beautiful court, thank you guys,” she told the crowd at San Jose State University as she accepted her trophy. “I want to wish you all lots of love, happiness, and… peace in this world.”

Seventh-seeded Kasatkina rallied after a set after dropping the opener in a tiebreaker and beat unseeded American Shelby Rogers for the championship, 6-7(2), 6- 1, 6-2.

Kasatkina, 25, found her rhythm straight away following a frustrating tiebreaker in an opening set that she led 4-2, 5-3 before some mistakes at crucial moments, like double faults. Now her first title this year and fifth overall will propel her into this week’s top 10 – and No. 10 is her career best.

“It’s a difficult journey, which is still going on. I’m happy with the way things are going, especially this season, but I don’t want to stop, because I’ve already made this mistake once and I don’t want to repeat it,” she said. . “I’m always hungry for wins.”

Kasatkina lost here in last year’s championship. She became the first player to appear in back-to-back finals since Serena Williams in 2011-12 and won her first title since St Petersburg last year – breaking a two-game slip in the final, having lost last year here and in Birmingham. It was also his 200th career main draw win on tour.

“I feel good, every year better and better, I wonder what it’s going to be like next year,” Kasatkina said.

Now, off to Toronto for the next tournament.

“We are very happy because thanks to the great job she is doing, we now have the result here. We are super proud of Daria because she is a great champion,” said coach Carlos Martinez, satisfied with the Kasatkina’s resilience after falling behind a set “…She fights until the end, fights for every ball. She’s very consistent.”

Early on, Rogers ran all over the field to keep long grassroots rallies alive before either closing out runs or forcing Kasatkina into an error. By the third set, she was slapping her leg in frustration and growling out loud, though she later said how much she appreciated the support of the crowd cheering her name and holding signs that read “GO SHELBY!”

Rogers rallied in the first set, playing impressive comeback tennis for a second straight day. She led 4-2 and 5-3 before going up 6-5, then hung on to win the first set. Kasatkina double faulted to make it 6-1 in the tiebreaker.

Kasatkina then pulled herself together.

“I played really solid. I thought I picked my chances well and was aggressive when I needed it, was patient when I needed it,” Rogers said. “She got me hitting a lot of balls, she returned a lot of balls, she’s one of the best drivers on the tour. The wind started to pick up. She started putting a little more pace on the ball and being a little more aggressive too, and just reset after that first set.

Rogers beat No.9 Russian Veronika Kudermetova 6-3 6-4 on Saturday in the semi-final – trailing Kudermetova 4-3 in the second set before breaking serve twice while winning three straight matches to win the match .

In Sunday’s doubles final, fourth-seeded Chinese duo Xu Yifan and Yang Zhaoxuan defeated the unseeded duo of Japan’s Shuko Aoyama and Taiwan’s Chan Hao-Ching 7-5, 6-0. They will face off in the first round this week in Toronto for an immediate rematch.

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