🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R1 Preview
🇦🇺 (26) Daria Gavrilova vs. 🇰🇿 Zarina Diyas
An interesting opening round clash at SW19 sees the 26th seeded Daria Gavrilova take on Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas. On paper this is a very even opening round match-up, Gavrilova looms as one of the one of the most vulnerable seeded players, grass is easily the Aussie’s worst surface, she has frequently been exposed on this surface in the past. Can Diyas pull off the upset?
Gavrilova was dealt a couple of brutal draws in her two events in the lead-up to Wimbledon. Gavrilova was beaten by Petra Kvitova in the second round in Birmingham after a good opening round win against Dominika Cibulkova. Gavrilova lost in brutal fashion in Eastbourne, a 7-5 6-7 0-6 loss to Agnieszka Radwanska in the first round, Gavrilova had match points in the second set before drastically falling away in the decider. Nevertheless, there were good signs for Gavrilova in that match.
Zarina Diyas had a disastrous perpetration for Wimbledon. Diyas only completed 3 games in her first match of the grass court swing before taking a nasty fall and being forced to retire against Sam Stosur in Nottingham. Diyas has dealt with injuries on a consistent basis, it is unclear how she will respond for Wimbledon.
The H2H record between the par is split at 1 win apiece. Both of their previous matches took place in 2016, Diyas defeated Gavrilova in straight sets in Miami, Gavrilova defeated Diyas in 3 sets a few weeks later in Charleston.