“Her Coach Texted Me”: Daria Kastakina to Share Australian Open 2021 Practice Court With Victoria Azarenka

Published 01/06/2021, 7:34 AM EST
ROME, ITALY: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates in her round one match against Venus Williams of The United States during day three of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani – Pool/Getty Images)


Two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka’s dedication towards the game has been unquestionable. In her career, so far, she has won 21 titles and has held the number 1 ranking for a total of 51 weeks. As of today, Victoria Azarenka is one of the most experienced players on the women’s tour.

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In 2014, the Belarusian was away from the tour for a considerable amount of time due to an injury she had sustained on her foot after which she returned on tour in the next season. However, her performances were not up to the mark.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 10: Victoria Azarenka (R) of Belarus talks with Serena Williams (L) of the United States after winning their Women’s Singles semifinal match on Day Eleven of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

As the Australian Open is around the corner, Vika has decided to be a part of it. She recently fixed a practice partner in Russian Daria Kasatkina for the first Major of the season. Daria herself has been a former top 10 ranked player and has won two singles titles and one doubles title.

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How Victoria Azarenka and Daria Kasatkina partnered up

She explained the process by which she could make it happen (being Azarenka’s practice partner).

Kasatkina told EssentiallySports in a post-match press conference at WTA Abu Dhabi, “I was searching for a partner for the first week at the Australian Open. And at the time, her coach texted me. And I find it a good opportunity to practice with a great player. So yeah, I’m happy with my choice.”

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Daria has been a two-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist. Her best performance at the Australian Open came in 2016 when she made it to the quarter-finals. 

However, her practice partner at this year’s Australian Open, Victoria Azarenka, has enjoyed the best spells of her career in Melbourne. The two Majors she’s won have been in Australia. The Belarusian has been a two-time finalist at the Australian Open in the doubles category too. 

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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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