The young Russian is looking forward to being back in SW19 in the future and says that she is beginning to understand what it means mentally to be an elite player.
WTA Staff
July 11, 2018

LONDON, Great Britain - Daria Kasatkina is disappointed to be out of this year's Wimbledon - but she's already looking forward to her next chance at the tournament.

"Yes, I lost, but at the end I'm happy with my performance," she told reporters after going down to Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinal, 6-3, 7-5. "I played my first quarterfinal at Wimbledon. I won good matches. I beat good players. I showed, I think, not a bad level of the game [against Kerber].

"Yeah, I hope a lot of Wimbledons are in front of me. I will come just better and will show even more to the crowd."

Daria Kasatkina during her quarterfinal against Angelique Kerber (Getty)
Daria Kasatkina during her quarterfinal against Angelique Kerber (Getty)

The Russian revealed that she had felt mentally exhausted prior to the start of competition in SW19 - and her next plans would involve a vacation.

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"[Reaching the quarterfinal] means a lot because the first round was tough," she said. "I wasn't playing good. Second round was also really tough for me, especially mentally. I was going on the court and I didn't feel my best, for sure. But at the end I was pushing myself on the important points to play the way I should play. At the end the matches against Ashleigh Barty, [and] the past matches, I was playing better and better.

"This is the main point for me. Even if I was not feeling good, every match I was improving and pushing myself. I think this is how all these big players in the past were winning the Grand Slams. A few years ago, Rafael Nadal was losing two sets down to John Isner at Roland Garros. At the end he won his French Open. I think this is one of the best examples."

And she's sure that her experiences at Wimbledon will help her in future Grand Slams.

"The really important thing is that I learn how to push myself, even if you don't want to play, you don't want to be on the court. I realize how the top players, how they think on the court, why they're winning the matches, which you are watching and you think: 'How she can win this match?' At the end they do this.

"I realize that you really have to just push yourself whatever happens to find the right words, the right punch during the match. This is important. Anybody can play when they have a good day, when they're happy to be on court. This is the point. You have to be able to compete even if are dead, you don't want to be there ... This is important.

"Yeah, I really start to understand myself how to do this, even if I don't want to play tennis - how to push yourself to fight for every next point like it's the last point of your life."