The Russian had opportunities to win the match but ultimately came up short after playing a rather strong match. When it came to the final set tiebreak, Kasatkina's abysmal decisions became the deciding factor as a few cheap errors made all the difference.
"One or two points, obviously, in the tiebreak,” said Kasatkina while explaining the loss. “I think level was pretty close. Third set, wasn’t a big difference between us. When you don’t want to lose, you squeeze everything you have, everything that’s left in your tank, so this is what I was doing. Now, I feel absolutely empty."
For the Russian, who had a real chance of winning the match, the defeat is a bitter pill to swallow. After the game, she was pretty vocal about her dissatisfaction and didn't mince words.: "Of course, now I hate everything."
"Super disappointed, I don’t want to do anything. Of course, I have to be objective and I have to say this season was the best in my career. Honestly, at the beginning of the season, if you tell me that I’m going to be here now sitting, I would probably not trust you," concluded Kasatkina.