Gavrilova’s winning run ends
Australian Daria Gavrilova loses entertaining three-set battle with ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in Rome.
Daria Gavrilova’s Italian Open campaign came to an end at the hands of No.9 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets.
Kuznetsova prevailed 6-2 2-6 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal clash with world No.1 Serena Williams.
Boosted with confidence after knocking out No.6 seed Simona Halep on Wednesday – her third win over a member of the top 10 this year – Gavrilova bounced back from a poor first set to dominate the second.
A tight start to the third set saw the former French Open champion break thanks to a fortunate net cord and she broke the Melbourne-based 22-year-old again in the eighth to round out the victory.
“I was a bit tense because I didn’t know what to expect, basically,” Kuznetsova said.
“I was trying to figure out how I should play. I saw a couple games against Halep yesterday, but that was a weird match – not something to get ideas for today’s game.
“I played her before she went to Australia. I played her once in Dubai. She played totally different game. I know she’s a fighter and she brings lots of balls back, she changes the pace.
“It was difficult match.”
Kuznetsova also eliminated Gavrilova’s countrywoman Sam Stosur in the second round.