Daria Gavrilova has always been a player full of energy on the court but sadly the Aussie has not been able to bring it to the court for some time.
It was about Roland Garros last year when the injury issues began for Daria who had to withdraw with a thigh injury. Daria did return on the grass but after her exit in New York more injuries ended her season early.
2019 was a season which saw a dip in form going from being ranked at 34 to finishing her year at 242 add in injuries and it turned into a tough year for her.
2020 followed a similar pattern, injuries meant that before lockdown Daria didn’t play and only returned to action a couple of weeks ago in an ITF event having to come through qualifying before falling into the quarter finals to Tomova.
Daria came into Roland Garros ranked down at 785 in the world needing a wildcard to get a place in the main draw and has delivered back in Paris with a hard-fought and controlled win over Dayana Yastremska 6-4 6-3.
It was a big win for Daria in what was her first win in around 14 months in since she defeated In-Albon in Lausanne.
After holding a tight fifth game for a 3-2 lead Daria found her rhythm on the Yastremska serve and was defending soo well on the baseline taking a 4-2 lead. Somehow Daria escaped being broken back following some strong defensive work and Dayana had an opportunity to break but put the smash into the back fence!
2-4 could have become 3-4 but it was Gavrilova who continued to extend her lead to 5-2. It was cut to 4-5 but the Ukrainian serving to stay in the set couldn’t break down the Aussie’s defence and Daria found herself 6-4 up.
A big game at 3-3 in the second was sealed by Daria who did an excellent job throughout the match of holding serve in the clutch moments and then broke to lead 5-3 before going onto win 6-4 6-3 under the Roland Garros lights.
Next up for Daria will be wildcard Eugenie Bouchard who won her first match at a Grand Slam main draw since the 2019 Australian Open.