Gavrilova determined to bounce back
After a slow start, Daria Gavrilova fought back to challenge Czech Barbora Strycova in a China Open third round loss.
A disappointed Daria Gavrilova is eyeing a strong run in Hong Kong next week after her China Open exit.
The 23-year-old lost 6-0 6-4 to Czech Barbora Strycova in the third round in Beijing today.
“I did not play well at all. It was probably one of the worst matches I’ve played this year,” Gavrilova said.
The world No.23-ranked Gavrilova lost the first eight games of the match and hit 37 unforced errors in the loss.
“I couldn’t get any rhythm. I was just really off,” she admitted.
“I was close in the second set, purely because I was trying to fight and trying to find away, but nothing was working. It was like I was thrown on the court after not playing for three months, that’s how it felt. Sometimes this happens, you just want to erase these matches from your memory and move on.”
Gavrilova is excited to play in Hong Kong next week, a tournament where she reached the semifinals last year with an upset of then-world No.1 Angelique Kerber.
“It’s a smaller tournament, I like playing there and the conditions are good for my game, so I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.
“I have a good opportunity to go deep in the tournament and maybe even win it.”