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Does Daria Kasatkina dream about tennis?
The No. 8 seed refuses to settle for a victory lap at the WTA Finals, and has made tennis (and Tennis Channel) her central focus in Fort Worth.
Published Nov 02, 2022
WATCH: Kasatkina put on a solid performance in her WTA Finals debut against top seed Iga Swiatek.
FORT WORTH, Texas—The WTA Finals is as much a reward after a long and grueling season as it is an opportunity for a big title, but Daria Kasatkina isn’t about to rest on her laurels in her debut appearance.
“No days off, I had no days off,” she insisted when asked if she was taking it easy ahead of the tour’s grand finale. “I was practicing, preparing, coming back to hotel pretty tired, having few dinners. But this is the life on tour. This is the life when you're on the tournaments and it's nothing new.”
That doesn’t mean Kasatkina isn’t pleased with her first trip to Fort Worth—even if her praise comes at the expense at the (editorially speaking) superior New York City.
“Honestly, I like the city because it's super calm compared to for example, New York where everything, well first of all the site is pretty far and the days just running too fast. And, you know the rhythm of New York. So here is different and I think it's good, especially for the end of the year when you're pretty cooked already. I like the place. I like the site. The center court is very nice. And I mean, nothing to complain about and I'm enjoying my time here.”
Tennis Channel is on always...it's always tennis on my screen. When I go to sleep already, I'm just putting my you know, a TV show or whatever and just falling asleep like this. Daria Kasatkina
When she’s not playing tennis, the No. 8 seed is watching tennis on her favorite network.
“Tennis Channel is on always,” she exclaimed, breaking into an unprompted infomercial with a comically large wink. “Honestly, yes, it's just because now a lot of tennis. Last week, guys, they had two tournaments in the same week, now it's Paris. They show Paris plus at the evening, when Paris is finished, they show here. So, it's always tennis on my screen. When I go to sleep already, I'm just putting my you know, a TV show or whatever and just falling asleep like this.”
With all that tennis, is it on her mind even in her dreams?
“I'm honestly sleeping so deep sometimes I don't know,” she mused with a laugh. “Just maybe I'm not dreaming about anything. But I'm thinking a lot during the day so probably there's some something is going on inside…I hope!”
Fair enough if Kasatkina is keeping her dreams of the Billie Jean King trophy to herself, especially since, in spite of an opening round-robin loss to world No. 1 Iga Swiatek, the 2022 Roland Garros semifinalist is still in the hunt for the biggest title of her career.
And, as Kasatkina herself would tell you, you can catch it all on Tennis Channel!