Cincinnati, OH, USA, 16 August 2016 | AAP

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.

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.