AAP Tennis

Gavrilova on the Wimbledon attack

By AAP Newswire

With just one win in three previous visits to Wimbledon, Daria Gavrilova has learnt the hard way that attack is the best form of defence on the grass.

One of the premier scramblers on tour, Gavrilova knows she can't rely on her relentless retrieving to make a run at The All Englabd Club.

But a win over former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in Birmingham and another decent showing, of sorts, in a 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 loss to 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska at Eastbourne last week has boosted Gavrilova's confidence.

"I've been playing well. I lost to Radwanska, having two match points - let's not talk about the third set," Australia's 26th seed said ahead of her first-round meeting on Tuesday with Zarina Diyas.

"I feel like I'm playing some good tennis and grass, you have to be aggressive and take chances and probably that's the most challenging thing for me - not playing safe, being the one dictating.

"If I can do that, I think I can play some good tennis."

Diyas won't be easy.

The Kazakh was seeded last year and made the third round.

A good friend of Gavrilova's, Diyas suffered a setback in her build-up this year with an on-court tumble forcing her to retire against Samantha Stosur in Birmingham.

"I was actually, like, messaging her, telling how 'I hope you're well' and we get to play each other," Gavrilova said.

"So, yeah, she hasn't been playing so it's going to be tough.

"I think, mentally, it's a bit tricky (for me) and she loves the grass-court season, too.

"She always looks forward to it so I'm sure she's done all the rehab and will be ready to go."

Gavrilova has twice reached the second week of the Australian Open but is yet to venture to the fourth round of any of the three overseas slams.

Hence her modest goal for Wimbledon.

"I've made second round here before. It would be nice to at least get to third round," she said.

"Every slam, reaching second week is my goal.

"I just know that I can bring that level, that's all, and you never know what's going to happen.

"You just have to play tough every point and that's it."