Daria Gavrilova

Daria Gavrilova

Tennis player
Date of Birth: 05.03.1994
Country: Russia

  1. Biography of Daria Gavrilova
  2. Early Life and Junior Career
  3. Professional Career

Biography of Daria Gavrilova

Daria Gavrilova is a Russian-Australian tennis player who has represented both Russia and Australia throughout her career. She has won four WTA tournaments, including one in singles. Gavrilova was formerly the top-ranked junior player in the world and has also achieved success in junior Grand Slam tournaments.

Early Life and Junior Career

Daria Gavrilova was born on March 5, 1994, in Moscow, Russia. She is the eldest of two children to Alexey and Natalia Gavrilova and has a younger brother. Gavrilova started playing tennis at the age of six and quickly showed promise in the sport. Her favorite playing surface is hard court, and her best shot is her forehand.

From 2007 to 2012, Gavrilova competed in ITF junior tournaments. She reached the quarterfinals of the prestigious Orange Bowl tournament in December 2008 and made it to the semifinals of a major tournament in the Czech Republic in 2009. She also won tournaments in France and reached the final of the French Open junior tournament in 2009. Gavrilova achieved further success by reaching the semifinals of the US Open in both singles and doubles and winning the Junior Fed Cup. In 2010, she won the Youth Olympic Games, the US Open junior tournament, and her second consecutive Junior Fed Cup, which propelled her to the top of the junior rankings.

In 2011, Gavrilova began transitioning to the professional tour, and in June 2012, she made her breakthrough by reaching the second round of a WTA tournament in 's-Hertogenbosch. In January 2013, she made her debut in a Grand Slam main draw at the Australian Open and reached the second round. Despite her success, Gavrilova faced financial difficulties within the Russian Tennis Federation, which led to negotiations with the Australian federation. Eventually, she decided to switch her allegiance to Australia and competed under their flag.

Professional Career

Gavrilova started playing on the professional tour in 2008 and gradually improved her ranking. In August 2017, she won her first WTA singles title at the Connecticut Open, defeating Dominika Cibulkova in the final. She also reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in Hong Kong that year and finished the season ranked 25th in the world.

In 2018, Gavrilova continued to achieve solid results, reaching the semifinals of the Sydney International and the fourth round of the Australian Open, where she defeated Petra Kvitova. She also reached the final of the Hong Kong Open and ended the year ranked 35th.

From 2019 to 2021, Gavrilova struggled with injuries and experienced a decline in her performance. She dropped out of the top 100 rankings and took a break from competitive tennis. She returned in September 2020 and faced further setbacks due to health issues. In 2022, after getting married to Australian tennis player Luke Saville, she changed her surname to Saville and started competing under her married name.

Since her return, Saville has shown signs of a resurgence, reaching the quarterfinals of the Mexican Open and the Miami Open in 2022. She also won the doubles title at the Strasbourg tournament in partnership with Nicole Melichar-Martinez. Saville continues to climb in the rankings and has returned to the top 100.

Overall, Daria Gavrilova has had a successful career, achieving notable victories and a top 20 ranking. She has represented both Russia and Australia in international competitions and continues to compete at the professional level.