Gavrilova opens strongly in Cincy
After qualifying for the main draw, Daria Gavrilova has taken her winning streak to three with a commanding victory over Caroline Garcia in Cincinnati.
Daria Gavrilova has started her US summer in fine form with a 7-5 6-3 win over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Gavrilova dominated on serve throughout the match and didn’t face a single break point in the 83-minute encounter.
Conversely Garcia had problems with her serve, coughing up a surprising seven double faults on her own throughout the match.
From the qualies to the second round.
A good three days in the land of cheese & chili dogs for Dasha. pic.twitter.com/QacEfQTuem
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Gavrilova, who has slipped to world No.47 after reaching a career high of No.32 earlier this year was forced to qualify for the tournament.
She is yet to drop a set this week, winning both her qualifying matches in straight sets – first over Germany’s Mona Barthel and in the final round over Japan’s Naomi Osaka.
The 22-year-old Aussie will face 17th seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the second round, against whom she has a 1-1 record.
Their last encounter was a 6-2 7-6 (4) win for Gavrilova in Madrid this year.
Sam Stosur is the only other Australian woman in the draw and had a first-round bye.