Daria Gavrilova has apologised to her fans after her petulant behavior in her defeat to Carla Suarez Navarro on Sunday at the Australian Open.
Gavrilova looked set to become the first Australian to reach the women’s quarter-finals in seven years after dishing out a bagel in the opening set against Suarez Navarro only to mentally implode in a spectacular 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 defeat.
The 21-year-old berated herself, threw rage at her court side entourage, continuously smashed her racquet and kicked a ball in repugnance in front of the sell-out crowd at Rod Laver Arena.
“Yeah, it wasn’t great and I’m very disappointed with myself. I was being a little girl,” she said.
“I played very well in the first set. I guess I was starting to overcook it a little bit in the second and got very emotional. Yeah, was just going crazy.
“I got emotionally fried in the second set. I was getting angry with myself, just showing way too much emotion.
“I’ve never played that deep in a grand slam, so maybe that’s why.
“It’s not acceptable. I don’t know why I did that. I was terrible.
“I mean, I played good. But the behavior, I’ve just got to learn from it.”
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