Daria Gavrilovas post-match admission that she behaved like a spoiled brat during her Australian Open fourth-round defeat to Carla Suarez Navarro appears to have spared her reputation from any lasting damage
Daria Gavrilovas post-match admission that she behaved like a spoiled brat during her Australian Open fourth-round defeat to Carla Suarez Navarro appears to have spared her reputation from any lasting damage.
Gavrilova, whose running came to an end on Sunday night during a match that was littered with verbal outbursts, racquet throwing and ball kicking, apologised afterwards for her on-court antics.
The 21 -year-old Moscow-born player blamed her loss of control on highly-charged feelings as she sought to win a place in the quarter-finals of what has been her breakout grand slam, although admitted her behaviour was unacceptable.
Yeah, it wasnt great and Im very disappointed with myself. I was being a little girl, she told. I played very well in the first decide. I guess I was starting to overcook it a little bit in the second and get very emotional. Yeah, was just going crazy.
I get emotionally fried in the second decide. I was get angry with myself, just depicting style too much feeling. Ive never played that deep in a grand slam, so maybe thats why.
Its not acceptable. I dont know why I did that. I was terrible. I mean, I played good. But the behaviour, Ive just got to learn from it.
Gavrilovas run at the Australian Open was on course to continue after she burst out of the blocks against Spaniard Suarez Navarro on Sunday night, taking the first set 6-0, only for her to mentally unravel in the latter stages.
Her candour in defeat was largely hailed among the Australian tennis community, with many pointing to her implosion as part of a learn curve that will only stimulate her a better player in the future.
Former doubles world No1 Todd Woodbridge and ex-player Peter Luczak , now a coach, were among those willing to offer their support.
The reaction is in stark contrast to that received without fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios last week; during an animated performance in his defeat to Tomas Berdych, segments of the crowd turned on the Australian humen No2 and jeered him.
Gavrilova became an Australian citizen in November last year and helped her new country to victory at the Hopman Cup alongside Kyrgios earlier this month.
At 39 th in the world, she is Australias second-ranked womens player, behind Sam Stosur, and her exciting style of play, coupled with her effervescent personality, have quickly established her as a crowd favourite.
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