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Local hope Daria Gavrilova’s dream Australian Open run continues

  • Daria Gavrilova defeats Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 in Melbourne
  • Local hope will next face Carla Suarez Navarro on Sunday

Fist-pumping fan-favourite Daria Gavrilova has continued her dream summer to bound into the Australian Open fourth round at Melbourne Park. The 21-year-old ball of energy defeated Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 4-6 11-9 in a Friday night thriller to reach the second week of a grand slam for the first time.

Gavrilova backed up her stunning second-round win over dual Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to take out Mladenovic, the tournament’s 28th seed, in a rollercoaster encounter at Hisense Arena that featured no less than 13 service breaks.

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