Daria Kasatkina reveals she’s dating Natalia Zabiiako

Daria Kasatkina, Russia’s highest-ranked women’s tennis player and the world No. 12, revealed in an interview posted Monday that she is dating a woman.

During a conversation with Russian blogger Vitya Kravchenko, the French Open semifinalist replied “yes” when asked if she has a girlfriend, amid recent news that the Russian parliament is looking to further tighten restrictions on discussions regarding LGBTQ+ relationships.

“Living in the closet is impossible,” the 25-year-old Kasatkina said, per News.com.au. “Not for the long run, no. It is too hard. It is pointless, you will be completely focused on that until you choose to come out. Of course, it is up to you to decide how to do it and how much you tell.

Daria Kasatkina shared a photo of herself Monday with Olympic medalist Natalia Zabiiako, captioning the Instagram post with a purple heart emoji.
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Daria Kasatkina also called Natalia Zabiiako her
Daria Kasatkina also called Natalia Zabiiako her “cutie pie” on Twitter.
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“Living in peace with yourself is the only thing that matters, and f–k everyone else.”

On the same day of the interview’s release, Kasatkina shared a photo of herself on Instagram with Russian skater Natalia Zabiiako, captioning the post with a purple heart emoji. Zabbiako, who won silver at the 2018 Winter Games, re-posted the snap on her page beside a yellow heart emoji.

Kasatkina has since received an outpouring of support online from fans and media members alike.

Daria Kasatkina during the French Open in June 2022.
Daria Kasatkina during the French Open in June 2022.
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“Living her truth even at such great personal risk. Saying I respect her for this would be downplaying it,” tennis commentator Victoria Chiesa tweeted while reporter Nick McCarvel wrote“Courageous, frank, open and honest — we salute you @DKasatkina.”

Kasatkina, who lives and trains in Spain, was also seen crying during the interview when the possibility was floated that she may be unable to return to her native country in the wake of her comments.

For nearly 10 years, Russian law has barred “any discussion of LGBTQ relationships which is deemed to constitute “promotion of non-traditional sexual relations’ to minors,” according to the Associated Press.

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