Sam v Dasha in Wimbledon second round
LONDON, AAP – Fed Cup Cup teammates Sam Stosur and Daria Gavrilova will clash for the fourth time this year after guaranteeing at least one Australian in the third round of the Wimbledon women’s singles.
Gavrilova and Stosur share the same agent, same sponsor and will share the same court at The All England Club for the first time after recording impressive straight-set first-round wins on day two of the championships.
Gavrilova needed little more than an hour to see off American teenager Caroline Dolehide 6-2 6-3 before Stosur ousted China’s Peng Shuai 6-4 7-5.
Gavrilova trumped Stosur on a hard court in Sydney in January before the former US Open champion and Roland Garros runner-up turned the tables twice on clay in Prague and Strasbourg.
Stosur admitted the first thing she asked coach Josh Eagle after progressing was whether Gavrilova had won.
“For a couple of reasons; good for both of us, but also a little intrigue to know who I’m playing next,” the veteran said.
“Probably fair to say that both of us wouldn’t pick grass as our favourite surfaces but with my new-found love for everything, then that doesn’t really matter any more.
“I think it will be a slightly different match-up but, yeah, I’ll enjoy today and worry about it tomorrow.”
Gavrilova had been slated to play good friend Zarina Diyas, only for the Kazakh to withdraw injured on match eve.
“Only found out late last night, like 8pm,” said the 26th seed.
“I was pretty nervous before the tournament; like, last night I didn’t sleep that well.
“But I checked who was the No.1 alternate anyway just in case, and we did have a Plan B.
“Now playing Sam again this year, crazy.
“But I actually think that playing someone you know makes it feel less nerve-wracking, feeling like you’re at home, almost.
“It’s weird. It’s going to be tough, but I’m excited.”