Daria Gavrilova vs Marta Kostyuk, Fed Cup Preview

Fed Cup WG 2: Australia vs Ukraine, Rubber 2
🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova vs 🇺🇦 Marta Kostyuk

Saturday’s second rubber in the Fed Cup world group 2 tie between Australia and Ukraine promises to be the most important rubber of the entire tie. Ash Barty is expected to comfortably get past Lyudmyla in the opening rubber to give Australia a 1-0 lead in Canberra. Marta Kostyuk is clearly Ukraine’s most dangerous player in their squad, Kostyuk has had a great Australian summer and can make this tie interesting with an upset win over Gavrilova.

Daria Gavrilova had a reasonable Australian summer. The 23-year-old reached the semi-finals at the Sydney International before falling at the second round stage at Melbourne Park to eventual semi-finalist Elise Mertens. Gavrilova has shown commitment to the Australian Fed Cup team over the last few years but has not had the best results in this format, a 2/3 win/loss record in singles Fed Cup matches.

Marta Kostyuk will be making her Fed Cup debut. As the highest ranked player for Ukraine in Canberra, there is a lot of pressure on the 15-year-old to give a good account of herself. Kostyuk is on a high right now. Kostyuk is at a career high ranking of 185 after winning the ITF Burnie 60K title last week which followed her impressive run to the third round at the Australian Open in January. Kostyuk is the youngest player ranked inside the top 200 in almost 10 years.

This will be the first career meeting between Gavrilova and Kostyuk.

Daria Gavrilova vs Samantha Stosur, Sydney R2 Preview

Sydney International 🇦🇺🦈 R2 Preview
🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova vs (wc) 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

Two local crowd favourites will go head-to-head on Wednesday at the Sydney International as Aussie duo Daria Gavrilova and Samantha Stosur face off in the second round. Gavrilova and Stosur both survived extremely tough opening round matches on Tuesday, both claiming tight 3 set victories. This will be an interesting contest between two contrasting characters and styles of tennis. Which Aussie will book a spot in the quarter-finals?

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Daria Gavrilova laboured through her opening round match in Sydney, beating Olivia Rogowska 6-4 1-6 7-5. Gavrilova was forced to work much harder than expected against a player ranked well over 100 spots below her. Nevertheless, it could be the type of difficult match Gavrilova needs in order to have a good week in Sydney.

Samantha Stosur made a poor start to the season in Brisbane last week where she was easily beaten by Anastasija Sevastova. Stosur made a much better start in Sydney, claiming a much needed 3 set win over Carina Witthoeft, ensuring Stosur would not go winless through the Aussie summer. Stosur was seemingly on track for another opening round loss on Aussie soil when she dropped the opening set but the veteran was able to eventually turn the match around by winning critical points behind her serve whilst under real pressure.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Most recently it was Stosur who won a tight 3 set match in the Strasbourg final on clay in 2017.

Daria Gavrilova vs Olivia Rogowska, Sydney R1 Preview

Sydney International 🇦🇺🦈 R1 Preview
🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova vs (wc) 🇦🇺 Olivia Rogowska

Daria Gavrilova begins her Sydney International campaign on Tuesday with a first round clash against Australian wild card Olivia Rogowska. Daria Gavrilova arrives in Sydney fresh off an average showing at the Hopman Cup in Perth. Gavrilova managed to win just 1 of her 3 singles matches in Perth but will benefit from all the tennis she played in Perth heading to Sydney and Melbourne. Gavrilova is a strong favourite to beat Rogowska and rightfully so.

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Daria Gavrilova has performed very well during the Australian summer in recent years. After two back-to-back fourth round showings at the Australian Open, Gavrilova will be hoping to go 1 step further in 2018 and reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final. Gavrilova got in some good preparation in Perth last week at the Hopman Cup, though her results were not as good as she would have expected. Gavrilova started the week with straight set over Eugenie Bouchard before losing from a set up against Elise Mertens and finally suffering a one-sided straight set loss to Angelique Kerber.

Olivia Rogowska started her 2018 campaign in Brisbane last week. The world number 165 was eliminated In the opening round of the qualifying draw, a tough 3 set loss to Bernarda Pera which ended in a final set tiebreak. It would have been a heart-breaking loss for Rogowska who has not won a WTA tour level match since 2014.

The only previous match between the pair took place way back in 2012 at a 25K ITF event in Bendigo. It was Rogowska that won 1-6 6-4 6-4. Clearly the two have gone in very different directions since then, expect a very different score line this time around.

Daria Gavrilova vs Elise Mertens, Hopman Cup Preview

Hopman Cup Preview, Australia vs Belgium
🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova vs 🇧🇪 Elise Mertens

Daria Gavrilova made an impressive start to her 2018 Hopman Cup campaign, the Aussie comfortably defeated Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets, 6-1 6-4. Gavrilova, a former champion at the Hopman, will be back in action on Wednesday when she comes up against Belgium’s Elise Mertens. This should be a close, entertaining contest between two very evenly matches players.

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Daria Gavrilova is becoming a bit of a Hopman Cup specialist. The 2016 Hopman Cup champion clearly enjoys playing in Perth, the quick hard courts and home crowd support seem like a perfect environment for Gavrilova. The adopted Aussie improved her Hopman Cup record on Sunday, claiming a comprehensive 6-1 6-4 win over Eugenie Bouchard. Gavrilova will face a tougher test when she takes on Belgium’s Elise Mertens on Wednesday.

Elise Mertens may have been defeated in her Hopman Cup debut on Monday evening but there was little shame in the way she played. Mertens pushed Angelique Kerber all the way in a high quality, entertaining encounter, ultimately succumbing 6-7 6-7. Mertens had her chances in both sets but her level did drop in critical moments, something the 22-year-old will have to work on.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Most recently It was Mertens who claimed a 7-6 1-6 6-4 victory at Roland Garros in 2017, Gavrilova beat Mertens 6-2 6-1 in Marrakech a few weeks earlier.

Daria Gavrilova vs Eugenie Bouchard, Hopman Cup Preview

Hopman Cup, Australia vs Canada

🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova vs 🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard

Daria Gavrilova and Eugenie Bouchard will begin their 2018 campaign’s on Sunday when they do battle at the Hopman Cup in Perth. Gavrilova, a former champion at the Hopman Cup, had a strong finish to the 2017 season and will be looking to reach new heights in 2018. Conversely, Eugenie Bouchard’s career continues to head in the wrong direction. 2018 looms as a critical year for Bouchard, as it seems more and more likely that we have already seen the best of the Canadian.

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Gavrilova has been a regular at the Hopman Cup of the last couple of years, the Aussie has used the event as a springboard for successful Australian Open campaigns. Gavrilova will be looking to take the next step at Melbourne Park in 2018, the 23-year-old is looking to reach the quarter-final stage at the Australian Open for the first time after back-to-back fourth round appearances.

Bouchard had a terrible ending to the 2017 season and heads into 2018 with little momentum or confidence. Bouchard lost 11 of her last 13 matches in 2017 which saw her end the year ranked 83 in the world. Bouchard’s commitment to the game continues to be questioned, the 23-year-old’s results are doing very little to prove the doubters wrong. With a guaranteed 3 matches to play in Perth, Bouchard will have a decent chance to find a much needed boost in form to kickstart her 2018 season.

Bouchard holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Gavrilova. The pair haven’t met since 2013 where Gavrilova defeated Bouchard 7-6 7-6 at the qualifying stage of the Australian Open. Despite Bouchard leading the head-to-head record, it is Gavrilova who enters this match as a strong favourite.

Daria Gavrilova vs Miyu Kato, Hong Kong R1 Preview

Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, Preview + Prediction
R1: (7) 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova vs (Q) 🇯🇵 Miyu Kato

Daria Gavrilova had a great run to the semi-finals in Hong Kong last year and will be keen to go a step further in 2017 and reach her third final of the year. Gavrilova has been drawn against Japanese qualifier Miyu Kato in the opening round. Gavrilova won a tough three set match over Kato at this event two years ago in what was their only previous meeting. Gavrilova will be expecting a more comfortable victory on this occasion.

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Dominika Cibulkova vs Daria Gavrilova, New Haven Final Preview

Connecticut Open, 🇺🇸🏫🏆 New Haven preview + prediction
Final: (2) 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova vs 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova

The final match before all attention turns to the U.S Open promises to be an exciting one on Saturday as the second seeded Dominika Cibulkova comes up against Daria Gavrilova in the final of the Connecticut Open. Cibulkova and Gavrilova both claimed super-impressive semi-final victories on Friday evening and head into Saturday’s final full of confidence. Cibulkova will be aiming for her first title of the year whilst Daria Gavrilova will be fighting for her first ever WTA title. Cibulkova comfortably defeated Gavrilova in straight sets at Wimbledon last year in their only previous match, the New Haven final promises to be a much closer encounter between two feisty competitors.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Daria Gavrilova, New Haven SF Preview

Connecticut Open, 🇺🇸🏫 New Haven preview + prediction
SF #2: (1) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova

Friday’s second semi-final for the Connecticut Open in New Haven sees the top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska take on Daria Gavrilova. Radwanska has claimed a couple of tough straight set wins to reach the semi-final stage where she face what is likely to be her biggest challenge of the tournament thus far. Daria Gavrilova is on a roll, the Aussie is playing great tennis in New Haven and will be full of confidence heading into this big match. This will be the first career meeting between the pair in what should a very entertaining match-up between two unique types of players.

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Barbora Strycova vs Daria Gavrilova, Toronto R2 Preview

Rogers Cup, 🇨🇦🍁🏒 R2 Match Preview
🇨🇿 Barbora Strycova vs 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova

Barbora Strycova will come up against Daria Gavrilova in one of two second round matches scheduled for Tuesday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Strycova and Gavrilova both cruised through their opening round matches on Monday with straight set victories. Strycova and Gavrilova will be going head-to-head for the first time, it will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out.

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Daria Gavrilova vs Petra Martic, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓 Day 2, R1 Match Preview:
(20) 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova vs (Q) 🇭🇷 Petra Martic

With Sam Stosur not in action at SW19, Daria Gavrilova will be the only seeded Australian in the main draw. Gavrilova will begin her 2017 Wimbledon campaign with what looks like a favourable draw, Gavrilova will come up against Croatian qualifier Petra Martic on Tuesday. Grass has always been Gavrilova’s least preferred surface, whilst Petra Martic will be sharp having come through the qualifying draw, this looms as a potential upset.

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