For over 30 years, a small US town of Indian Wells with population of just 5,000 people turns into a tennis hub where all sports celebrities gather every March.
The grand Indian Wells Masters tournament, that took place on March 7-18 this year, has the Premier Mandatory status. Such status is considered to be the most prestigious after the Grand Slam and the Final tournament of the year.
For our company, the Indian Wells Masters 2018 is a particularly important event as Daria Kasatkina, the brilliant young tennis player and brand ambassador for InstaForex, took part at the tournament.
We expected some great results from Daria, as she managed to beat four top-10 tennis players in the past few months. However, we could not even imagine that she would demonstrate such tremendous performance. Daria has defeated three top-15 tennis players in a row, paving the way for the semi-final where she competed with Venus Williams, the legend of the world tennis and holder of 49 titles in the singles category.
The US athlete, being almost two times older, more experienced and rated higher than Daria, was obviously determined to win the game. The competition was really tough and exciting. As a result, Kasatkina secured a victory with the score of 4:6, 6:4, 7:5. Thus, she qualified for the final of Indian Wells Masters 2018.
The tournaments' final caused a sensation, as it featured two young and ambitions sports talents. We have said a lot about Daria's achievements, and as for her opponent, 20-years old Japanese Naomi Osaka showed her potential in the very first game of the tournament beating the tennis star Maria Sharapova.
Interestingly, two days before the tournament, Daria posted a video where she teaches Naomi how to hit a tweener, one of the most spectacular and difficult tennis shots. Daria's ability to strike tweeners has already impressed the global sports community.
Having qualified to the final of Indian Wells Masters 2018, Daria has earned the 11th place in the WTA rating which means that she is world No. 11 in tennis and the top seed of Russia. In case of victory in the final, Daria would have made it into the top 10, reaching the 9th place.
However Osaka secured a victory in straight sets: 6:3, 6:2. Nevertheless, we are sure that Kasatkina's spirit is strong enough to withstand this failure and to the contrary, it will give her confidence and strength for grand victories in the future. Meanwhile, qualifying for the Indian Wells Masters final is a great achievement that has already etched the name of Daria Kasatkina into the history of the world tennis. There are a lot of tournaments ahead, and we sincerely wish Daria sparkling and undoubted wins!