Sport Australian Open: Daria Gavrilova gains from withdrawals

12:06  12 january  2017
12:06  12 january  2017 Source:   MSN

Daria Gavrilova out for redemption

  Daria Gavrilova out for redemption Australia's Hopman Cup title defence is over after they lost their opening two ties to Spain and the Czech Republic.Gavrilova's summer has started in disappointing fashion, losing her first two Hopman Cup singles matches to leave Australia's title defence in tatters.

Daria Gavrilova. © AP Photo Daria Gavrilova. Local hope Daria Gavrilova is a beneficiary from the seedings for the Australian Open following the withdrawal of three top-15 women players.

World No.8 Madison Keys (wrist), No.11 Petra Kvitova (hand) and No.14 Victoria Azarenka (maternity leave) confirmed their absence from the first grand slam of the season starting on Monday.

The withdrawals ensured world No.25 Gavrilova, who captured fans' attention with her run to the Australian Open fourth round last year, was installed as the No.22 seed on Thursday.

It means she no longer faces the prospect of a daunting third round clash with a top-eight opponent that would have been her lot otherwise

Daria Gavrilova advances despite Sydney delays

  Daria Gavrilova advances despite Sydney delays Australian No.2 Daria Gavrilova overcame two rain delays to win her Sydney International against Donna Vekic on Monday night.Gavrilova put a disappointing week at the Hopman Cup behind her with a scrappy 6-3 7-6 (7-1) win over Donna Vekic in her Sydney International opener on Monday night.

Countrywoman Sam Stosur is ranked No.21 but goes in as the 18th seed.

Like Gavrilova, it still means she will likely need to beat a higher-ranked seed in the third round if she is to match her best efforts at Melbourne Park of fourth round in 2006 and 2010.

On the men's side, Nick Kyrgios enters as 14th seed and Bernard Tomic will be 27th seed, matching their world rankings.

Crucially, Kyrgios' seeding inside the top 16 means he will not have to play anyone ranked above him until the fourth round.

Fellow Australian Tomic, who has fallen from his career peak of world No.17, isn't so lucky, and could face a top-10 player in the third round.

Fan favourite Roger Federer will play as the 17th seed, matching the number of grand slams he's won as he pursues a fifth Australian Open title and first since 2010.

Konta advances in Sydney

  Konta advances in Sydney Johanna Konta defeated Daria Gavrilova to advance to the quarter-finals of the Apia International in Sydney.  Konta came on court immediately after world No 1 Angelique Kerber's defeat to Daria Kasatkina, while Dominika Cibulkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded third and fifth respectively, had also crashed out earlier on Tuesday.That left Konta as the only seed in the top half of the draw and it was not an opportunity the Briton wasted as she battled to a 6-1 6-3 victory over Russian-born Australian Daria Gavrilova in 81 minutes.

His seeding means he is on track to play a higher-ranked player after just two matches at Melbourne Park.

Each of the top 32 men are lining up at Melbourne Park, with world No.39 Juan Martin Del Potro the highest-profile non-attendee.

The seeds list confirms Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber will both enter a grand slam as top seed for the first time.

Both became world No.1 at the end of 2016 and are favourites to win their tournaments.

The draw for the 128-player fields will take place on Friday at Melbourne Park.


Men's seeds:

1. Andy Murray (GBR)

2. Novak Djokovic (SRB)

3. Milos Raonic (CAN)

4. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

5. Kei Nishikori (JPN)

6. Gael Monfils (FRA)

7. Marin Cilic (CRO)

8. Dominic Thiem (AUT)

9. Rafael Nadal (ESP)

10. Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Others: 14. Nick Kyrgios (AUS), 17. Roger Federer (SUI), 27. Bernard Tomic (AUS).

Women's seeds:

1. Angelique Kerber (GER)

2. Serena Williams (USA)

3. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

4. Simona Halep (ROU)

5. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

6. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)

7. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

8. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

9. Johanna Konta (GBR)

10. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

Others: 18. Samantha Stosur (AUS), 22. Daria Gavrilova (AUS).

Gavrilova fights way into Open third round .
Daria Gavrilova is into the third round of the Australian Open with a hard-fought three-set win over Croatian Ana Konjuh.The feisty 22-year-old Australian is on target to match her fourth-round appearance last year with her victory on Thursday night over the world No.36.

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