Daria Gavrilova: I haven’t had the best year



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Daria Gavrilova: I haven’t had the best year

Former Top-20 Daria Gavrilova is looking to find form ahead of Wimbledon even though she has not played a match on grass prior to her appearance at the All England Club. "I haven't had the best year. I've had a few niggles and my feet are not being kind to me," Gavrilova said ahead of her first-round clash on Monday with Elina Svitolina.

"I think I'm managing it better. It's a bit annoying not having the workload as high as I used to but this is just a cost of getting my feet better. I just need to be patient and deal with it”. "I can play with it.

There are some days when I don't feel it and I'm feeling good. There are some days when I'm struggling a bit but I'm learning to deal with it so it's getting there." The Australian further added that she is looking forward to making herself mentally stronger to overcome her physical setbacks.

"It works two ways. When I'm happy, my feet are happy, too," she said. "When I'm like 'My feet are sore, life sucks', my mind is not good and my feet are not good. I've read a few articles that the more positive you are, the better you'll feel."

She further added, "I have a tough first-round opponent. I know she hasn't had the best year so far and she's also struggling with a few injuries," Gavrilova said. "I think it's gonna be a mental battle.

Already I spoke to Dave (Taylor) my coach about playing her and I just need to set my mind to being really tough and just competing well."