"My respects to Nadya Karpova [for coming out], attagirl. I was happy for her, but also other people, especially girls who needed to know that. It has empowered them for sure, supported them," Kasatkina said. "Not only did Nadya help herself by coming out and get this burden off her chest, she has also helped others."
Being gay in Russia isn't easy but Kasatkina found the strength and courage to come out. "Living in the closet is impossible. 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.
Meanwhile, Kasatkina competed at this week's WTA event in Hamburg, where she was beaten in the first round by Katerina Siniakova. –