26 Sep 2013

Players of the Day - Wednesday

News Article

By Sandra Harwitt

Photo: Susan MullaneSeongchan Hong (KOR) and Darya Kasatkina (RUS)

Seongchan Hong - The 16-year-old who hails from Gangwon-Do, an eastern province of the Korean Republic noted for their cliff-lined beaches and culinary skill, came through two days of Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas action unscathed. Although he lost the first set of his opening match to Theo Fournerie of France, he rebounded to post a 46 60 60 win in the second-seeded Korea’s 3-0 first day finish. On Wednesday, Korea also went 3-0 and Hong easily defeated Juan Jose Rosas, playing for the eighth-seeded Peruvians, 61 62. Hong also did a tour of doubles duty on Wednesday, teaming with Kukeon Kang to take down Guillermo Cabrera and Rosas 64 63. As the No. 1 player for the Koreans, Hong is a Junior Davis Cup Cup veteran: “I really like Davis Cup. I really feel good playing. It’s my second time, I was in Barcelona last year. It’s easier because I played the last time.”

Darya Kasatkina - The 16-year-old Kasatkina started playing tennis as a 6-year-old in her hometown of Togliatti, Russia, which is the center of Russia’s automobile industry and often referred to as Russia’s Detroit. A lover of soccer and movies, Kasatkina spends most of her time dedicated to tennis. The No. 1 player for the top-seeded Russians, Kasatkina had a disappointing Junior Fed Cup start on Tuesday, losing her opening match to Dabin Kim of Korea 63 64. The Russians overcame Kasatkina’s loss for a 2-1 win. On Wednesday, Kasatkina was back to the form her No. 5 world ranking suggests, as she followed up teammate Veronika Kudermetova’s first rubber win with a 62 62 win over the fifth-seeded Czech Republic’s Simona Heinova. Kasatkina also played doubles with Aledsandra Pospelova, but the Czech’s took the match 75 76(5). “Yesterday I lost and I felt so bad, but now I played so good,” Kasatkina said. “I think I’ll feel better tomorrow.”