Former world No. 20 Daria Saville (Gavrilova) said she told her team her pain was a "probably a 10 out of 10." Saville had been hampered by an Achilles issue for years before she decided to undergo a surgery this past February.
After losing to Ashleigh Barty in the Australian Open second round, Saville had enough of chronic pain and she decided to focus on getting her health back to 100 percent. "I told them my pain was probably a 10 out of 10,” Saville told News Corp on Tuesday.
“All my team were like, ‘That’s not good. Are you sure? You’re probably overreacting’ but I just said, ‘I can’t keep doing this’”.
Saville receives an Australian Open wild card
"I was hoping I’d get one but it’s never a certainty,” Saville said.
“I obviously didn’t play much this year, but I showed my good level at the Billie Jean King Cup tie, had a really good training week and had a pretty good win (over Greet Minnen). “I was able to come back after a long time off and produce some good tennis, so I think that’s why I got rewarded with the wildcard.
“I think it shows that I’m not the only one who believes that I can get back to the top 50 – and that’s my biggest goal right now”. Saville was focused on the bigger picture and she thought undergoing a surgery was the best thing to do.
"This was basically the last option, but I was like, ‘If I want to continue playing tennis and give myself the best shot, I have to get this done’,” Saville said. “It was pretty frustrating for me, because from 2019 to 2021 I didn’t play much at all. I thought it wouldn’t get worse if I was conservative and built back up – but it did”.