"I'm very, very proud to represent my country" - 17-year Kasintseva after breakthrough in Seoul
17-year-old Victoria Kasintseva has been known as a talent for a while but she finally put together a solid run at the WTA level.
Playing in Seoul, the Andorran tennis player is in the quarterfinal of the event with a chance to book a semifinal later today. Speaking after her round two matches, Kasinstseva reflected on starting a playing career in Andorra:
"I'm very, very proud to represent my country. I lived with my father in Barcelona while my mother was in Andorra with my brother, and that was very hard for me. But honestly, it made me stronger."
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The youngster is not one to shy away from pressure and challenges. It's something she enjoys and always has:
"I like feeling pressure and nerves. I'm very competitive, I always have been, and honestly, that's what I love about tennis. It keeps me alive, it keeps me awake. Honestly, when I get out of the match I feel so tired and so nervous, but in the match, I'm actually enjoying it so much. Well, it's kind of enjoying and also suffering. But at the end, when you suffer and you win, that's the best feeling."
She doesn't like to compare to compare herself to other players mostly focusing on building her own path. Hobbies include studying languages as she speaks five and marketing. It's a new passion of her's as she wants to understand how to better promote tennis as a player.
She takes on Jelena Ostapenko later today.