Daria Kasatkina relishing three-setters after Silicon Valley Classic triumph

Daria Kasatkina

Daria Kasatkina endured a gruelling week in California but secured the Silicon Valley Classic title after beating Shelby Rogers in three sets.

The 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2 victory was the 25-year-old’s fifth title of her career but the first of the season.

The triumph will also see her return to the top ten for the first time in three years.

Her return to the world’s elite certainly seems justified after she top-10 players in Paula Badosa and Aryna Sabalenka.

She also overcame the reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina as well as Americans Taylor Townsend and Rogers.

Kasatkina’s San Jose triumph underlined her fantastic season so far.

Not only is she tied with Simona Halep for the third-most victories on tour this season (32), but she will also overtake Coco Gauff at number three in the Race to the WTA Finals when the standings are updated.

“We don’t win titles every day. It’s always special to win a title, especially at a 500,” she told WTAInsider afterwards.

“Especially with the list of the players that played here and you become the best this week of all of them. I’m really glad I’m the one who holds the trophy this week.

Sunday’s victory was her 13th in three sets so far this season, with only three defeats in matches that went the distance.

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Kasatkina added how these tests of her physical and mental fortitude are something she enjoys thoroughly, although she admitted shorter matches would also be appreciated.

“I’ve been playing many, many three-set matches, maybe more than two-set matches. So I’m used to it, physically and mentally,” she continued.

“Sometimes I’m just getting to the level that I need during the match. I have to change it and start from the beginning to save some energy for future matches, but for the moment it’s like this.

“I like these battles. I like to play these kinds of matches.

“Of course, I would like to play shorter ones, but at the end of the day, I’m happy with my mentality in these comebacks.

“I’m not giving up, which is important.”