Daria Saville opens on doubts she had before leaving Australia



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Daria Saville opens on doubts she had before leaving Australia

Former world No. 20 Daria Saville, 28, admitted she was feeling anxious before leaving Australia as she was low on confidence and she hadn't been out of Australia in two and a half years. Saville, who underwent an Achilles surgery a year ago, achieved a notable result in Guadalajara as she made the quarterfinal before losing to eventual champion Sloane Stephens.

At the Indian Wells Masters, Saville won two qualifying matches before beating Shuai Zhang and upsetting Ons Jabeur and Elise Mertens. "I was a bit nervous before this trip because I haven't [traveled overseas] in two and a half years," Saville told WTA Insider.

"Because even when I came back the first time, I only played in Australia and then I had the surgery, so I didn't really travel. "I wasn't feeling confident at all. I didn't play well at all in Australia.

So I was like, 'What am I doing? Why would I even go anywhere now?'"

Saville picked up a few strong wins in Indian Wells

Also, it should be noted that Saville was up by a break in the third set of her Guadalajara first round match against Emma Raducanu, before a hip injury forced the Briton to retire the match while she was just two games away from losing it.

Saville, now ranked at No. 409 in the world, is back to playing great tennis and stunning Jabeur and Mertens was a huge confidence boost for the Australian. "I'm really enjoying being here. Even in Guadalajara, I felt like, 'OK, this is fun.'

This is cool. I love just being at tournaments. Even this morning, I was warming up before the match and I was really enjoying it. This is cool, I'm getting ready for a match," Saville said. Saville has been dealing with an Achilles injury since 2016 as she noted that complaining about it won't help her.

"I've had this injury for six years, since 2016. It did get exhausting. But now I've done everything. I had surgery. That's it. I'm either going to do it and just deal with it, or I can be like, 'Oh, poor me,'" Saville added.