Australia’s Daria Gavrilova has finally notched up a win in 2019 after a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory over world no. 37 Dayana Yastremska in the opening round at Indian Wells.
After first-round losses in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, St Peterburg, Fed Cup and Acapulco many would have thought another first-round loss was on the way when she drew Ukraine’s Yastremska, a recent title winner in Thailand.
As the sun was setting in Indian Wells the players took to the court. It was Yastremska that took the opening game and then held several break points against the Gavrilova serve.
The Ukrainian broke to lead 2-0. After that, it was all Gavrilova in the first set as she won the next six games to claim the set.
Yastremska broke in the fourth game to lead 3-1 only to serve several double-faults in the next game to concede the break.
Gavrilova then fell behind another break after being broken to love. The run of breaks continued when Yestremska hit a shot that clipped the net and sailed wide at 30-40.
The Australian then managed to hold serve to level the score at 4-4. Another break came against the Yestremska serve and Gavrilova was serving for the match. The Ukrainian hit back to level the scores at 5-5. She won the next two games to send the match to a deciding third set.
An ideal start was made in the third set by Gavrilova as she broke immediately. Now, could she consolidate the break? The answer was yes after a bit of a struggle.
Yastremska was having real trouble holding serve and was broken for the second time in the third set to see Gavrilova out to a 3-0 lead. A love service game saw the Australian take control at 4-0. The Ukrainian player finally got on the board in the fifth game but it was all too late.
Gavrilova was broken again to see Yastremska get back to 2-4, it was however shortlived and the Australian won the next two games to earn her first victory in 2019.