Daria Gavrilova has setup an all-Aussie blockbuster against Ash Barty after defeating Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets.
Daria Gavrilova has setup an all-Aussie blockbuster against Ash Barty after defeating Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets (6-1 7-5).
Gavrilova came out with intensity on Tuesday night and refused to ease up as she dictated the flow of play with an aggressive forehand and a willingness to press her opponent.
Claiming the first set in a breeze, Gavrilova was tested in the second by the Spaniard when she wasted a 5-3 lead, but managed to hold her composure to close out the match.
In total, the World No.387 hit 31 forehand winners in a dominant display to upset the No.64.
“Her forehand is a weapon but I’ve been impressed with the physicality she has approached this match with tonight,” Casey Dellacqua said in commentary.
“She’s been looking to be aggressive and looking to take more risk. There’s been a real intensity about how she’s gone about this match, It’s been great to watch.”
Gavrilova will have her work cut out for her in the next round when she comes up against World No.1 Ash Barty.
Gavrilova’s qualification also heralded a new record for Australia – this year’s Open has seen the most Aussies (12) qualify for the second round since 1992.