Daria Gavrilova has had a career defining season so far and the Australian recently defeated World No.1 Garbine Muguruza at the China Open. Looking at her progress, Nicole Pratt, who was Gavrilova’s former coach and is presently heading Australia’s Women’s Tennis feels that Gavrilova is destined for more.
“I think she’s always had the ability. I think she always struggled with the consistency week in week out on tour,” Pratt said. “We saw some amazing results, even if we backtrack a couple of years (to 2015); beating Maria Sharapova in Miami was her breakout win.
And then qualifying and making semifinals of Rome. “The level was there, I just think she’s got a different maturity about how she’s going about things. I think she feels more of a sense of belonging to the upper echelon of the tour now.
Each and every experience that she has, whether it’s been a positive or a negative one, I think it’s really helped her prepare for the situations ahead. “Even Strasbourg, losing in the final there (to Sam Stosur), that really hurt, and that came up in conversation prior to the New Haven final – she didn’t want to lose another final.
So all those losses work towards the wins later on.” Presently sitting at No.22 on the WTA Charts, Gavrilova has broken into the Top-20 and would be looking to keep her good form going. ALSO READ Roger Federer: 'People leave our Foundation after being empowered' .