Daria Kasatkina says her 2018 “death” moment will be her WTA Finals debut.

Being ranked third in the Race to the WTA Finals means a lot to Daria Kasatkina since she believes it provides the finest evaluation of her game and form going into 2022. Despite playing consistently and rather effectively throughout the entire season, Kasatkina’s first championship of the year was won last week in San Jose.

Kasatkina placed in the semifinals at the French Open, Rome, Sydney, and Melbourne before winning her first match of the year in San Jose. “The Race is more significant to my coach than the actual ranking. This is a major deal to be in the race for the final eight in August.

I believe I had a fairly consistent season and set of results. Maybe a handful, but not many breakdowns were mine. The most crucial part is this. As I previously stated, the most dependable individuals receive the golden ticket “WTA Insider was told by Kasatkina.

Kasatkina discusses the idea that ultimately “killed” her in 2018

Kasatkina has a good chance of competing in the WTA Finals before. But Kasatkina consistently missed out on the WTA Finals when she had the chance to do so in the past.

The 25-year-old Kasatkina now feels much more mature and seasoned, and she is sure that she can make her WTA debut this year. “I can recall competing in the Race in 2018 as well. I finished in the Top 10 of the Race exactly in the middle of the season.

This idea made me nauseous. I wasn’t prepared for these ideas. Now, I approach things with a different mindset and perspective. This encourages me. I desire it. Therefore, it is beneficial to me. So far, it’s effective “Kasatkina explained. In the San Jose final, Kasatkina came back to defeat Shelby Rogers 6-7 (2) 6-1 6-2 after falling behind a set.

Kasatkina defeated Paula Badosa, Taylor Townsend, Aryna Sabalenka, and Elena Rybakina en route to winning San Jose. Kasatkina competes this week and takes on Bianca Andreescu in Toronto.