Charleston Final Notes
The Charleston final will feature a pair of teenagers as 19 year olds Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) and Daria Kasatkina (RUS) seek their first career WTA singles title.
It is the first all-teen WTA singles final since October 2009 when Yanina Wickmayer (then 19 y/o) defeated Petra Kvitova (then 19 y/o) in the final at Linz.
It is the first all-teen WTA singles final at a Premier level event since 2009 Charleston when Sabine Lisicki (then 19 y/o) defeated Caroline Wozniacki (then 18 y/o).
The winner of the Charleston final will be the youngest player to win a WTA Premier-level title since 2015 Toronto (Belinda Bencic – 18 years, 159 days old). The last teenager to win a WTA singles title was Oceane Dodin in October (2016 Quebec City – 19 years, 329 days)
The winner of today’s final will be the 6th teenager to win the title in Charleston joining Sabine Lisicki (2009), Martina Hingis (1997, 1999), Stefanie Graf (1986, 1987, 1989), Tracy Austin (1979, 1980) and Chris Evert (1974).
Ostapenko (19 years, 305 days) is a two-time finalist – 2015 Quebec City and 2016 Doha – while for Kasatkina (19 years, 337 days) this is her first appearance in a singles final. Prior to this week, Kasatkina’s best result was reaching the semifinals at 2015 Moscow and 2016 St. Petersburg.
Kasatkina is projected to move to No.35 as runner-up or No.28 by winning the title. Her career-best ranking is No.24.
Ostapenko is projected to move into the Top 50 as a finalist and Top 45 with the title. Her career-best ranking is No.33.