Daria Gavrilova: Sam Stosur has been my role model for a long time

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Daria Gavrilova: Sam Stosur has been my role model for a long time

Despite a rather shaky start to her 2019 campaign, Australian Daria Gavrilova is looking forward to making the most of the Fed Cup, especially by gaining confidence from her team mates. “I was meant to play a few more tournaments in America but I had to have some time off to heal a few things.

The season hasn’t started well, but I feel like I’m improving,” said Gavrilova, who is 2-8 in 2019. “I think it’s hard (coping with injuries); sometimes there’s day where I struggle with it.

But having the team here helps a lot and knowing that everyone is supportive. So I’m gonna take that into my next tournaments when I go away on tour”. She further added, “I’ve always been close with Sam and she’s been my role model for a long time.

Sometimes I get emotional on court and she would comfort me and have a good chat. And it amazes me how well she (Barty) deals with the Fed Cup pressure. Sometimes I’m like, how do I do that?” “We’re really good friends off the court.

We like to go out to dinners. Whenever we’re on tour, some girls from other countries would be like, what do you do at Fed Cups? And they can’t believe we do everything together. And I think it’s really special”.

She will look to play her best tennis if she gets to play against Belarus. “We are training really well. We got here on Monday so we’ve had a few days of training and feeling the courts good. We’re very familiar to these conditions, so we’re really excited,” she said. “Representing Australia, especially at home, it’s such a great feeling”.