Daria Kasatkina in shock defeating her childhood hero Venus Williams

Source: 1News

Young Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina sent shockwaves through the ASB Classic tournament last night upsetting last year's champion Venus Williams 6-7, 6-3, 6-3.

The 18-year-old showed patience and great composure for her age to dump Williams out of the Auckland tournament in the first round.

"It was a big pleasure to play against Venus because she is a legend," said Kasatkina.

"When I was young it was a dream to play against her and now I beat her, it is something unbelievable for me."

Kasatkina credited her coach for her upset victory over the top seeded Williams.

"Without him (coach) maybe I would not win."

Russia's Daria Kasatkina celebrates her first round singles win over Venus Williams on Day 2 of the ASB Classic Tennis Women's tournament. ASB Tennis Centre, Stanley st, Auckland, New Zealand. Tuesday 5 January 2016. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Kasatkina seemed to have set high expectations of herself before the stunning upset over the top seeded Williams, hoping to round off 2016 with a promising ranking.

"My ambitions are very high now I want to be at least in the top 20 in 2016."

"It was an unbelievable atmosphere there was so many spectators; I was a little bit nervous.

"I like to play when there are a lot of people watching me,” she said.

Ranked 75th in the Women’s Tennis Rankings, no doubt the Russian will better her position after such a promising start in the ASB Classic.