Daria Gavrilova has revealed that her aim for the 2019 season is to climb back into the top 20 of the WTA’s world rankings.
The 24-year-old Russian-born Australian peaked at 20th at the end of August 2017, but has slipped back down to 35th place at the end of the 2018 campaign following a fustrating run of form.
However, after an encouraging run in Beijing towards the end of the year, which included an impressive straight-sets win against Petra Kvitova, Gavrilova feels the shoots of recovery are already visible.
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And, as she plots to work on her serve over the close-season, the 2017 Connecticut Open champion is feeling positive going into the New Year.
“There are a few technical improvements that I was brave to finally use,” she told tennis.com.au. “I’m improving my serve and just being more aggressive and holding the baseline more, trying to come in. Even though I’m playing big hitters, trying to take my chances more than usual.
“I want to play bigger tournaments and really challenge myself against top players. I want to go with the mentality that I want to be where they are and try and take their rankings and just make my way up by stealing their spot.
“The end of the year was pretty good. I felt like I had a couple of good wins against really good players. That gives me a bit of confidence for next year.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.