Dasha prom­ises to ditch ‘good girl’ rou­tine at Open

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - RE­BECCA WIL­LIAMS

HER lead-up form hasn’t been much to sing about, but Daria Gavrilova has made a vow to find her fight at the Aus­tralian Open.

Gavri­ola will head­line the Aus­tralian women on day two at Mel­bourne Park when she takes on un­seeded Slove­nian Ta­mara Zi­dansek on Mar­garet Court Arena to­day .

The world No.41 suf­fered a pair of first-round de­feats at the Bris­bane and Syd­ney In­ter­na­tion­als in the build-up to the Open, but says she is de­ter­mined to hit back in Mel­bourne.

“Hope­fully I will find the Dasha that ev­ery­one knows and be up and about,” Gavrilova said.

“It’s al­most like I was try­ing to be the good girl and not show much emo­tion, and I lost my­self a bit. Yeah, I’m not go­ing to be that good girl any­more.”

Gavrilova, who has reached the fourth round twice in Mel­bourne, will meet Zi­dansek for the first time.

Saman­tha Sto­sur will also start her cam­paign at the Aus­tralian Open against Ukra­nian Dayana Yas­trem­ska on Mel­bourne Arena.

Sto­sur is hop­ing to progress past the first round at the Aus­tralian Open for the first time since 2015.

Fel­low Aus­tralian Ajla Toml­janovic will meet Bri­tain’s Jo­hanna Konta on court 3, while Des­ta­nee Ai­ava will play Amer­ica’s No.17 seed Madi­son Keys on Rod Laver Arena.

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