“Envious”: Daria Kasatkina on Achievements of Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek

Published 04/21/2021, 5:38 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Jennifer Brady of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has won many titles in quick succession. Another youngster on the rise is the defending French Open champion, Iga Swiatek. Over the past 12 months, these two athletes have created an impact in the women’s game by winning matches and have climbed up the rankings. 

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Recently, Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina spoke on the World No. 2 Naomi Osaka and the 19-year-old Iga Swiatek. She was envious of the two athletes and felt there was nothing wrong in feeling so. She stated that if an individual has something you want, it is a normal human tendency to have feelings of envy. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in action during her second round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Kelly Defina

The Russian player said, “Well, of course I’m envious, I want it too… To me, envy overall is not a bad feeling. To me, envy is a direction to your goal. Someone has something you want, of course, you’ll desire it more. It’s normal to me.”

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Kasatkina feels being envious of other players like Naomi Osaka is not a bad thing

Daria sees the positive side of being envious because she believes that motivates her to chase after what she wants with greater desire. 

In the current season, the Japanese starlet lifted her fourth Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year. On the other hand, the Polish star won the WTA Adelaide International 2021 without dropping a set during the entire tournament. 

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PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 11: Iga Swiatek of Poland poses on the rooftop of les Galeries Lafayettes Rue de la Chaussee d’Antin with the Suzanne Lenglen Cup following her victory in the Women’s Singles Final against Sofia Kenin of The United States of America on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open on October 11, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Daria won the title at the 2021 Phillip Island Trophy, one of the six events held prior to the first Grand Slam tournament. Later, she won the WTA St. Petersburg Open 2021. It is the first time she has won two titles in a season. Since there is still a considerable amount of tennis left to be played for the season, the Russian can make another statement with her performances.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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