Daria Kasatkina revealed that she had a 30 minute crying session in the shower after a surprise and disappointing first round loss at the Australian Open to Varvara Gracheva. Kasatkina, who had hoped to make a good run at the Australian Open, was knocked out by world number 84 Gracheva 6-1, 6-1 in just over 50 minutes of play.
But Kasatkina did not take the field when initially scheduled as heat and rain delayed the match for 24 hours. The waiting game drained Kasatkina emotionally and mentally and when she stepped onto the court, she felt flat and empty. «For me it was difficult to bear spending two days concentrating on waiting for my game.
My opponent maybe had a little less pressure, but he handled the situation better anyway. You always learn from these things. Many athletes show how they can be stronger in their minds, I’m still on my way,» Kasatkina told the Roland Garros website.
Kasatkina: 30 minutes of crying in the shower, the next day is better
«As usual, 30 minutes crying in the shower and the next day he’s a little better. You’re empty, but it’s still a day or two after losses like this, tournaments like this.
Anyway, you always have expectations, you want to win, especially in big tournaments, I have a goal, I realized that I can do much better in big events and of course it is a goal; besides, it’s a bit of pressure and, of course, when you didn’t do what you wanted, how you prepared, of course you’re disappointed and it takes a few days.
But is normal. Almost like a break up, you need a little bit of time to recover and start loving the things you do again,» Kasatkina added. Meanwhile, Kasatkina is competing in the Middle East tour this month. After losing to Qinwen Zheng in the Abu In the Dhabi quarterfinals last week, Kasatkina also competed in Doha this week, where she was defeated by Beatriz Haddad Maia in the round of 16. Next week, Kasatkina will play in Dubai.