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Daria Kasatkina Opens Up About Her Sexuality

In a candid interview the Russian spoke openly and honestly about her private life.

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Russian tennis star Daria Kasatkina has spoken out about her personal life and various other topics in an extraordinarily wide ranging interview with sports.ru presenter Sonya Tartakova.

 

The world No.37 is one of the most decorated women on the Tour this season after winning titles in St Petersburg and Melbourne at the Phillip Island Trophy. Her win-loss for the year currently stands at 16-5. Kasatkina, who is a former top 10 player, has already cut her ranking in half since February. One of her coaches is Carlos Martinez who has recently spoken about his work with the Russian during an interview with UbiTennis.

After her successful start of 2021, Kasatkina spoke extensively about her life with Tartakova for an hour-long documentary. During one segment the two discussed sexuality and why there are more openly LGBT female players than male.

“It’s very hard for me to tell. In Russia things like that are met with huge negativity. Not just Russia, it is the same for the rest of the world,” said Kasatkina who is from a country which has laws banning so-called ‘gay propaganda.’
“Europeans are more tolerant. But the world still doesn’t accept homosexuality as much. I think many athletes are afraid. Afraid of backlash, of losing sponsorships. There could be many reasons.’
“But those who come out are doing it right. Why should they hide their true self?”

Tennis has a rich history when it comes to LGBT sports thanks to pioneers such as Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova who both came out during the 1980s. Nowadays the Tour has numerous openly gay players such as Sam Stosur, Alison Van Uytvanck, Greet minnen and Carla Saurez Navarro. However, on the men’s Tour there are currently no openly gay players and there has been few in the past. Former world No.57 Brian Vahaly came out after retirement.

Addressing her own personal life, 23-year-old Kasatkina is not labelling herself as she explores her own sexuality.

Women know how to dangle the bait properly. Women know how other women work. (They) understand the others psychological needs,” she commented on the difference between genders in her view.

Pressed further in the interview about her personal life, the tennis star said she would consider having a same sex relationship if she finds somebody.

“I’m still learning myself. Both ways have their perks, so why not? yes I would,” she explained. “Girls in a relationship are connected with more understanding. There is a lot of misunderstanding between men and women. Women are more emotional and feel each other’s emotions better.”

For the moment, relationships remain a thing of discovery for Kasatkina. She hopes over the coming years she will work out what it is they she truly wants but it isn’t a guarantee. Instead she is going to take things as they come.

“I’d like to know better myself. Have a better understanding of my wishes. So it wouldn’t be, ‘Dasha, what do you want?” and I’m like “……..(silent)” She said.
“Naturally I want to know. Maybe I’ll never fully understand who I am and what I want. But at least I could myself little by little every day. Would be cool. Anyway, ask me in a few years and I’ll tell you..”

In 2020 the International Review for the Sociology of Sport published a study which found athletes developed greater happiness and self-confidence within their sport after coming out. Their findings were based on accounts of 60 different athletes from various sports which were published on outsports.com.

Ksaatkina’s sexuality was only a small extract in what was an extraordinary detailed interview. She also spoke at length about being tempted to retire from the sport in 2019, her weight and mental struggles on the Tour.

You can watch the video (which is in Russian but has English subtitles) below :-

Video breakdown (translated from Russian to English via google)

0:00 – Tizerim explosions of cars, the theme of revelry and sex with a rival
0:25 – We are in Togliatti. Sonya tells how scary it was there
1:10 – Dasha’s indecent tan
2:20 – Dasha, are you satisfied with your team?
2:30 – How much do you pay your coaches? Who is the dearest?
3:46 – Svetlana Kuznetsova was jealous of the coach towards you?
4:25 – Dasha in the gym
5:05 – What’s your ideal weight?
5:30 – “For life, Dasha looks overweight, but for tennis it’s cool” – how does it work?
6:40 – Enrages that in the comments they insult you because of being overweight?
7:55 – “Yes, I’m a kid, I love football, sneakers and bars”
8:48 – Dasha’s brother was a lawyer and became her professional physical training coach
11:03 – Dasha showed the fact to her brother at a tournament in America. How did you talk after the match?
12:19 – Parents sold the house for Dasha to play tennis
13:50 – Bandits who offered to protect the Kasatkin family
15:05 – Drugs [shit] in Togliatti 90s
17:00 – A story about a classmate who used
17:45 – “They used it in my presence. You walk down the street – and you see their glass eyes and pupil – to the point “
19:10 – Why did Dasha want to end her career at 22?
22:00 – Selfharm: I wanted to hurt myself, because nothing worked
24:10 – Does Dasha envy more successful tennis players of her age?
25:15 – “What happens to the second serve?” – “It ######”
27:50 – We are in Barcelona. Dasha tells where she lives and trains
30:01 – Are we buying an apartment?
30:37 – Nike abandoned Dasha and 14 other players. Why?
32:37 – How much money will be enough if you don’t play anymore?
35:30 – “If not for dad, mom and the sale of the house, would there be such a tennis player?” 36:15 – Tennis in Russia vs tennis in the USA. Comparing National Tennis Centers
38:35 – Relationship with a coach – how does it work?
40:20 – Suggestions in the directive: please drink water from the bathroom
41:20 – Attention from female tennis players
42:08 – Love, sex, loneliness in tennis. “Being alone is not scary”
43:15 – Same sex couples in women’s tennis
45:20 – What is the difference between attention from girls and men?
45:55 – Relationship with whom is more interesting for Dasha? “And there, and there are pluses” 47:10 – “I guess I’ll never know who I am 100%”
48:52 – When you are in front of Messi, what would you tell him?
49:10 – How Dasha played tennis with a Barcelona player
49:29 – Pyatyunya with Artem Dziuba (the same hand)
51:00 – Another memorable Friday – with Nadal
51:55 – “You can’t force a person to live your life.” Dasha’s mom explains how parents were able to let their children go so early
52:30 – “Child, are we bothering you a lot? For 5 thousand kilometers “
53:05 – From Togliatti to Moscow – Dasha with the cup!
55:30 – “There is such a state, then it is only death, it seems.” Dasha – about the most powerful celebration of victory

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Rafael Nadal moves into Rome semifinal after straight-set win over Alexander Zverev

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Rafael Nadal beat Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4 in two hours to reach the semifinal at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Zverev, who won his marathon clash against Kei Nishikori late last night, converted just one of his ten break points. Nadal converted his three break points to win the match in straight set one day after saving two match points to take an epic win over Denis Shapovalov. 

Nadal won the first game at 15 after a backhand crosscourt winner and earned a break after a double fault from Zverev. 

Nadal won the third game at love after a service winner and earned his second break to race out to a 4-0 lead after 16 minutes after a backhand error from Zverev. 

Zverev pulled one break back when Nadal netted a backhand in the fifth game. 

Zverev held serve at 30 in the sixth game before Nadal won his next service game with a forehand winner at the net. 

When serving for the set at 5-3, Nadal saved a break point and converted his first se point. 

Nadal fended off a break point and closed out the first set with a service winner. 

Zverev saved a break point in the first game of the second set and earned three break points at 2-1. Nadal fended them off with his serve and forehands and won the game with a forehand winner. 

Zverev wasted three game points allowing Nadal to get a break. 

Nadal saved two break points to hold serve with a crosscourt forehand winner for 4-2. Zverev earned three break points, as Nadal served for the win at 5-4, but the Spaniard saved them. Nadal sealed the win with a serve and volley. 

Nadal has improved his head-to-head record to 6-3 against Zverev and avenged his recent defeat against his younger German rival in the Madrid quarter finals last week.

The Spanish legend has got through to his 12th semifinal in Rome. 

“I am happy. I played a very solid match with not many mistakes, playing the way that I have to. It is an important victory for me against a great player”, said Nadal. 

Nadal set up a semifinal against Reilly Opelka, who has reached his first Masters 1000 semifinal on clay with a 7-5 7-6 (7-2) win over Federico Delbonis after 1 hour and 41 minutes on at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. 

“I will face a big chance against a player who has almost an unreturnable serve. Reilly is playing well. I need to be very focused with my serve and try to be ready to accept the situation and be engaged on the return. That is what I am looking for. I think I played more solid than in Madrid. At the same time conditions are different. In Madrid Zverev was able to create a lot of damage with his serve and the first shot. Here, the situation is a little bit different. These are a little bit more normal conditions on the clay, so I was able to control a little bit more the game than in Madrid”, said Nadal. 

Opelka saved all four break points he faced in his debut at the Rome Masters 1000. The US player has not dropped a set en route to the semifinal. 

“I am surprised to reach my first Masters 1000 semifinal. Clay is not really my thing. It is not much of an American thing. It is probably just a fluke, but I will run with it. I have definitely served well. I hit my spots really well today, especially in big moments. I think that has been critical I have stayed calm and on big points. I have delivered”, said Opelka. 

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Lorenzo Sonego upsets Dominic Thiem to reach his second Masters 1000 quarter final in Rome

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Lorenzo Sonego upset fourth seed Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) after a 3-hour and 24 minute marathon match to reach the quarter finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Before his third round match against Thiem, Sonego had won just one of his seven head-to-head matches against top 10 players. Last year the 26-year-old Turin native took an upset win over world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the Vienna semifinal. 

Sonego avenged his defeat against Thiem, who won their only previous head-to-head match in Kitzbuhel in 2019. 

The Italian player reached the second Masters 1000 quarter final of his career after making the last eight in Monte-Carlo two years ago. 

Sonego converted his second break point in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and claimed the opening set on his first opportunity in the 10th game. 

Thiem saved a total of four break points in the ninth and eleventh games in the second set, which went on serve en route to the tie-break. Thiem got two mini-breaks and converted his second set point to win the tie-break 7-5. After a 22-minute delay to clear fans out of Grand Stand Arena due to curfew, Sonego opened a 2-0 lead with a break in the second game. Thiem rallied by winning four consecutive games with two breaks to take a 4-2 lead. Thiem earned a chance to serve for the quarter finals at 5-4. Sonego saved a match point to take the match to the tie-break. Sonego got his first mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Thiem pulled back on serve to draw level to 2-2. Sonego went up a 5-3 with his second mini-break, but Thiem broke back for the second time to draw level to 5-5. Sonego got his third mini-break to take the second tie-break 7-5. 

Sonego will face Andrey Rublev in the quarter finals. The Russian player won his only previous head-to-head match against Sonego in the Vienna final last year. 

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French Open Chief: Roger Federer Would have Won Multiple French Open Titles If It Wasn’t For Nadal

Guy Forget also predicts how far the 39-year-old could go in the draw this year.

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The decision by Roger Federer to play at the French Open is the most logical step ahead of Wimbledon, according to tournament director Guy Forget.

 

The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played a competitive match on the surface since June 2019. Last year he missed most the season due to a right knee injury which required two surgical procedures, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. So far this year he has only played in one tournament which was at the Qatar Open where he reached the semi-finals.

Federer will return to the court next week at the Geneva Open in his native Switzerland. It is the only event he will play before heading to Roland Garros. An event he had only played in once out of the past five editions. Forget, who is a former top 10 player himself, believes the match play is exactly what Federer needs.

“That Roger comes to play Roland Garros seems logical to me. This will allow him to play, and especially to test himself. Clay is a surface that requires you to be precise in your movements. The better Federer is at Roland Garros, the better he will be at Wimbledon,” he told reporters earlier this week.

The Swiss Maestro has only won the French Open once in his career which was back in 2009. Although he has reached the final on four other occasions. It was at the 1999 French Open where he made his main draw debut in a major at the age of 17. Overall, 11 out of Federer’s 103 ATP titles have been won on the clay.

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“If Rafael Nadal hadn’t existed Federer would have had at least 5 or 6 titles at Roland, I’m sure of that.” Forget commented.
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Federer has lost to Nadal in all six of their meetings at the French Open – four times in the final and twice in the semi-finals. He trails their overall head-to-head 16-24.

The French Open will get underway on May 30th.

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