Daria Gavrilova knocked Caroline Garcia out of the Internationaux de Strasbourg 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to advance to her second career WTA final and will play against Samantha Stosur, who defeated Peng Shuai 7-6(0), 6-4.
If Gavrilova wins, Strasbourg will be her first career title. “I’m really hungry to win a tournament,” Gavrilova said, post-match. “I haven’t won a WTA event before, and every tournament I play I try to go all the way.”
“I had a pretty good head-to-head against [Garcia]. I think it’s a very big advantage to me. I played well, served well, and really believed in what I could do and how I could hurt her [on court]. I had four wins against her, [coming in] and I think she still hasn’t found a way to get me – I know how to use my weapons to beat her. It’s a big mental game for both of us.”
“I’m young and my body is pretty good!” Gavrilova said about her week so far. “I’ve got my whole team here, and I’m really lucky with the team that I have. I’ve recovered pretty well. I was just having a stretch, and it was nice to finish under two hours for once!”
By the way, if Gavrilova wins, she would surpass Samantha Stosur as Australian No. 1. Stosur has held onto the Australian No.1 position for 450 straight weeks.