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.

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