STOSUR V MATE,
IT’S MATE against mate when Australian Fed Cup stars Samantha Stosur and Daria Gavrilova clash at Wimbledon tonight.
The good friends will play each other for the fourth time this year, guaranteeing at least one Australian will reach the third round of the Wimbledon women’s singles.
The Gold Coast star and Gavrilova share the same agent, same sponsor and will share the same court at The All England Club for the first time after recording impressive straight-set first-round wins on day two of the championships.
Gavrilova (below) needed little more than an hour to see off American teenager Caroline Dolehide 6-2, 6-3 before Stosur (right) ousted China’s Peng Shuai 6-4, 7-5.
With Queensland’s Ashleigh Barty living up to her 17th seeding with a 7-5, 6-3 dispatch of Swiss Stefanie Voegele, Australia have three women in the second round for the first time in three years. Stosur, 34, admitted the first thing she asked coach Josh Eagle after progressing was did Gavrilova win.
“For a couple of reasons; good for both of us, but also a little intrigue to know who I’m playing next,” the veteran said.
“Probably fair to say that both of us wouldn’t pick grass as our favourite surfaces but with my newfound love for everything, then that doesn’t really matter any more.
“I think it will be a slightly different match-up but, yeah, I’ll enjoy today and worry about it tomorrow.”
Gavrilova, 24, trumped Stosur on a hard court in Sydney in January before the former US Open champion and Roland
Garros runner-up turned the tables twice on clay in Prague and Paris.