FIRED UP: Daria Gavrilova is ready for Australia's next Fed Cup clash.
FIRED UP: Daria Gavrilova is ready for Australia's next Fed Cup clash. ERIK S. LESSER

Gavrilova keenly watching Aiava's destiny

TENNIS: Daria Gavrilova has been keeping an eye on up-and-coming Destanee Aiava before the teen's Fed Cup debut in this month's World Group II playoff against Serbia.

The 23-year-old Gavrilova (pictured) has been named alongside Aiava, Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua for the indoor tie in Zrenjanin on April 22-23.

"I have been watching her (Aiava) for a long time now because I feel she is a really tough competitor and she is playing great," Gavrilova told First Serve.

"She is a great girl, a bit shy, but she is very young.

"We are all really excited to welcome her to the team. It is going to be a great experience for her."

Despite being 27th in the world, Gavrilova did not place much store on rankings.

"Sometimes you will lose against a player who is below you... and then you will see them crack the top 20 and you realise everyone is playing well, everyone is playing hard," she said.

News Corp Australia

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