Gavrilova to draw on home support after epic 2015

Daria Gavrilova is keen to draw inspiration from playing in front of a home crowd at the Australian Open after a fantastic year in 2015.

Gavrilova and Nick Kyrgios stormed to a Hopman Cup triumph earlier this month with the green and gold of Australia on their back.

Whilst Kyrgios was undoubtedly the star of the show as he won all four of his singles matches, Gavrilova contributed with impressive wins over Sabine Lisicki of Germany and Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine.

The 21-year-old seemed extremely comfortable shouldering the expectations of her adopted country throughout the Hopman Cup and she is hoping that the added pressure of playing in front of a home-crowd at the year's first major will again bring the best out of her.

"I've probably had the best year of my tennis life last year, I played some great tennis and beat some amazing players so I'm really looking forward to be being back and playing here in front of a home crowd," she said.

Gavrilova was knocked out of last year's Australian Open in the first round as she lost to Kiki Bertens.

However, her year got better as she claimed the scalps of two top ten players in Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic at the Miami Open and Premier 5 Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournaments respectively. The Russian-born-Australian will have to find similar form if she is to go deep at the Australian Open this year.


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