Daria is confident on clay
Daria Kasatkina admits she’s feeling confident this clay season but isn’t burdening herself with expectations ahead of the French Open.
The Russian No. 15 seed was unfazed by the rain and heavy conditions that struck Rome yesterday and was ruthless in her 6-0, 6-4 opening round victory over Australian-Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic.
“After years, three years on tour, you get used to this,” Kasatkina told Sport3600 after her win, laughing at the idea of feeling already experienced on tour at the age of 21.
“I was ready, the forecast was expected since three days, I was expecting the rain and I was sitting and relaxing before the match and trying to focus.”
Kasatkina, who made back-toback finals in Dubai and Indian Wells, is having a stellar 2018 campaign and will be one of the ones to watch at Roland Garros this month.
She says that the secret to her good form against Tomljanovic yesterday was feeling freedom in her variety of shots in a way that reminded her of her junior days.
“Today I felt a little bit like when I was a junior, the way I was playing, like spin, drop shot, slice… because it was pretty slow so I had a little bit more time. I didn’t have a warm-up before the match but I felt pretty good,” said Kasatkina.
Asked if she feels she can go deep at the French Open, she added: “When you think about these things it’s not really good. Of course I’m confident and I want to go further especially at such big tournaments but I’m also not expecting from myself huge things.
“I’m just trying to go on court and enjoy every second.”
Looking ahead: Daria Kasatkina.