Daria Kasatkina opens up how it meant to beat Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina

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Daria Kasatkina opens up how it meant to beat Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina

Daria Kasatkina admitted that beating Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina early in San Jose was a great confidence boost. In the San Jose first round, Kasatkina drew Rybakina, who was coming off a Wimbledon triumph. Kasatkina didn't really make a great start versus Rybakina but recovered to win 1-6 6-2 6-0.

After beating Rybakina in the first round, Kasatkina went all the way to lift her first title of the season. Besides beating Rybakina, Kasatkina also clinched two notable top-10 wins over Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa.

"For sure it was a good challenge. It was a tough draw but if you look at the list of the players, you couldn't have an easy draw here. It makes this title more important for me. It was important to win this match. Not just to fight but to close the match like this it gives you confidence.

She just won a Grand Slam so she's an unbelievable player. So to beat this player in this strong of a tournament, it gives you confidence for sure," Kasatkina told WTA insider.

Kasatkina happy with her fighting spirit

Three of Kasatkina's five wins in San Jose came in three sets.

In the final, Kasatkina recovered from a set down to beat Shelby Rogers 6-7 (2) 6-1 6-2. "The way I fight, for sure. The draw was tough. I had tough opponents, tough matches. Not all matches I was feeling amazing. There were tough moments this week.

I like this challenge and I went through the difficult times. For sure this tournament made me a better player," Kasatkina said when asked about what she was the happiest last week. Following her San Jose victory, Kasatkina returned to the top-10 and reached a new career-high ranking of No.

9 in the world. "A lot because this title brings me many things. It's the fifth title -- that's a nice number. My highest ranking ever. I'm third in the Race," Kasatkina said when asked what it means to win San Jose.