Gavrilova, Bolt in Burnie finals
Aussie Daria Gavrilova has stormed into the final of the McDonald’s Burnie International without the loss of set while compatriot Alex Bolt needed three sets to reach the men's decider.
Aussie Daria Gavrilova, the tournament’s third seed, has stormed through to the final of the McDonald’s Burnie International without the loss of set after defeating Pole Katarzyna Piter 6-2 6-0 on Friday.
“I played pretty clean, did everything right tactically,” Gavrilova said.
Gavrilova, 20, now faces American Irina Falconi, the top seed, who defeated Andrea Hlavackova 6-1 6-4 in their semifinal.
While the two have never previously met, Gavrilova is well aware that Falconi comes into the match with experience on her side.
“She’s been on tour for a while,” the world No.154 – some 44 places below the American – said.
“It’s going to be a tough battle.
“I haven’t dropped a set this week though, I’ve been consistent, so yeah, I’m pretty confident.”
In the men’s event, unseeded Alex Bolt has reached the final after defeating countryman Ben Mitchell in a final set tiebreaker, 4-6 6-1 7-6(3).
Bolt was on the back foot early, losing the first set after giving away five break point opportunities yet not relinquishing one more for the match as he called on the career-best form that has seen him start the year so impressively.
He took the second with ease but Mitchell was up for the challenge as the pair went blow-for-blow to set up the deciding tiebreaker, which ultimately went Bolt’s way.
The South Australian, currently ranked world No.191, will now face 18-year-old Korean Hyeon Chung, the eighth seed who was a 6-2 6-7(4) 6-3 winner over Aussie Matthew Barton.