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Daria Kasatkina makes it to Maldives with girlfriend Natalia Zabiiako after resurgent season
Kasatkina capped a return to form by reaching her first WTA Finals and earning a career-high ranking of No. 8.
Published Nov 10, 2022
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Daria Kasatkina already had plenty to celebrate by qualifying for her first WTA Finals in Fort Worth, but the world No. 8 admittedly had an eye on the off-season after a grueling but rewarding year on tour.
“Basic, I know, so basic!” she joked of her decision to spend vacation in the Maldives with girlfriend Natalia Zabiiako. “But I mean, in November, there is not many places you can go where you can, you know, get a sun and this lazy kind of vacation.”
The Maldives has become a popular spot for tennis players craving quiet beaches, allowing them to recharge and prepare for the pre-season.
“It’s is in the very beautiful place,” Kasatkina said, having been twice before, “Very calm.”
Kasatkina and Zabiiako arrived this week, the latter posting a quick video to social media.
“Paradise when she is close,” captioned the former figure skater, who won a team silver medal at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeonchang.
The pair have quickly become tennis’ most popular power couple since announcing their relationship this summer; Zabiiako accompanied Kasatkina to Fort Worth, where the Roland Garros semifinalist narrowly missed out on a Top 2 spot after round-robin play.
“It's good to disconnect,” Kasatkina said after a third-set tiebreak loss to eventual champion Caroline Garcia. “Because you can get sick from anything, even if you love something so much. And I mean, you live for it. Still, if it's too much you can, you know, you can really be sick of this. So now I will take some time to love tennis again.”
The 25-year-old won’t lack for love in the meantime, but the noted Rafael Nadal fan will be hard-pressed to skip out on the live scores as he competes at the ATP Finals next week.