Daria Gavrilova continued her stunning Australian summer by shocking sixth seeded Petra Kvitova to reach the third round at the Australian Open on Wednesday night.
Prior to the tournament commencing Gavrilova remarked that she was capable of beating any player in the women’s game on her day.
Three days into the Australian Open and the host country’s adopted player is walking her talk.
Gavrilova stunned the two-time Wimbledon winner in just 89 minutes to book a date with Kristina Mladenovic in the last 32 at Melbourne Park.
The pair exchanged heavy ground-strokes throughout an enthralling encounter that was of the very highest quality.
Gavrilova was broken twice in the first set but on each occasion she broke back immediately, a sure sign it was going to be a taxing day for Kvitova.
In a ruthless conclusion to the opening stanza, the 21-year-old won three games without dropping a single point to carry all the momentum into the second set.
A significant moment then arrived at 2-3 in the second set, with Kvitova twice double faulting and making poor errors to gift the adopted Australian a break of serve.
Gavrilova served for the match at 5-3 but Kvitova showed great character to get back on serve.
However, Gavrilova regained her composure and won the very next game to clinch the match.
This is the first time she has reached the third round of a major.
“It was unreal, I was so nervous at the end. I’m just really proud,” an emotional Gavrilova said after the match.
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