Daria Gavrilova of Australia in action against Ana Konjuh of Croatia.
Daria Gavrilova of Australia in action against Ana Konjuh of Croatia. LUKAS COCH

Past wins give Gavrilova a dash of confidence

TENNIS: A fit and firing Daria Gavrilova is confident she can again go the distance if that's what required to make the second week of the Australian Open for a second straight year.

The 22-year-old Australian takes on Timea Bacsinszky today for a place in the fourth round.

It comes after winning two marathon three-setters against Naomi Broady and Ana Konjuh.

"I'm pretty fit. I've had a pretty good pre-season,” Gavrilova said.

"I'm not concerned. I have played for three hours before and I did train for two-and-a-half hours (a session) in the pre-season.”

The Russian-born 22nd seed has enjoyed two wins over the 27-year-old from Switzerland - 4-6 6-0 6-4 in Beijing last year and 6-4 7-6 (7-0) in Rome in 2015 - but is anticipating another tough match.

"We had some tough battles. It was never easy to play her. She's such a great competitor,” Gavrilova said.

"But I think it is true that I've beaten her and it gives me a bit more confidence.”

Gavrilova's best result at a major came at Melbourne Park last year when she made the last 16.

She has gained considerable confidence since that result, having upset world No.1 Angelique Kerber in Hong Kong late last year.

A win could catapult her into into a fourth-round clash on Monday with fifth-seeded US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova.

But the new golden girl of Australian tennis was trying to keep a level head.

"I'm not thinking about the future. I'm just being in the moment right now,” Gavrilova said.

"I'm happy with the way I'm playing right now.”



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