The Russian-born player has had a rocky start to 2019 with her best result being a third-round run at Indian Wells.

A foot injury has also hampered her performance so far this season with her week in Brisbane being the first she has been unrestricted physically. 

“I was meant to play a few more tournaments in America but I had to have some time off to heal a few things. The season hasn’t started well, but I feel like I’m improving,” Gavrilova said.

At the Brisbane International this year, the 25-year-old spoke openly about the struggles she has suffered over the last 12 months. 


Gavrilova reignites her motivation

Daria Gavrilova is ready to reignite her motivation at the Brisbane International after one of her toughest seasons on tour.

Gavrilova was struggling physically and mentally with the former junior world No.1 taking a slight dip in the rankings after finishing the previous two years at 25.

However, Garilova has pointed out the supportive atmosphere within the Australian team has helped her better manage the emotions that come with setbacks.

“I think it’s hard (coping with injuries); sometimes there are days where I struggle with it," she said.

"But having the team here helps a lot and knowing that everyone is supportive so I’m gonna take that into my next tournaments when I go away on tour.

“I’ve always been close with Sam and she’s been my role model for a long time. Sometimes I get emotional on court and she would comfort me and have a good chat."

After the announcement of the draw, this morning which saw Stosur and Ash Barty selected to play the singles and doubles rubber. 

Although, this doesn't mean this won't change after the first day of the semi-final tie which starts tomorrow (April 20).