Last local in the Australian Open games, Daria Gavrilova has left the competition following the defeat to Czech’s Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-3 in an hour and 12 minutes.
Gavrilova said she regretted her first-serve percentage of less than 50 per cent, which pressured her in the second serve. “I think I had a few chances on her returns. You know, we didn’t have long rallies. I didn’t feel like I had the rhythm. The main thing is my serve. It really let me down.”
Gavrilova said Pliskova could win the championship. “I think she’s been really consistent lately,” said Gavrilova. “She struggled before at grand slams. I think she changed her mentality. She’s feeling confident. She just goes on about her business and does her things.”
Pliskova, who won narrowly against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in the previous round, said she was happy with her “solid” game.
“I’m definitely happy about this because the match I played against Ostapenko took up a lot of my energy,” Pliskova told the media. “I felt a little bit tired yesterday, even today too. Definitely happy to be through this one. I have a day off tomorrow, and that’s definitely a good thing.”
The 24-year-old is set to play against Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. “I’m just going to expect a tough match,” said Pliskova. “I have to be ready. It’s going to be probably fast game, not many rallies. So I have to be really ready on my legs, serving well. I think I have good chance, as always.”