Sadly, The Dasha's didn't have a great day today.
The fell in the first round to Brady/King.
GAV/KAS 4 1
BRA/KIN 6 6
Match Time: 1:13
Both Kasatkina/Gavrilova lost their singles matches yesterday which meant they had nothing to lose and no energy to preserve in their doubles match. But sadly, frustration for both of them.
Unfortunately, Kasatkina was smashing her racquet and missing shots and Dasha was trying to keep it together and missing shots and Brady particularly was attacking that. Being incredibly aggressive and hitting it deep, not give the Dasha's much play at all.
The one game they got in the second set, they were lucky to get. It was a hold to Dasha's serve and several break pts were saved in that game.
After losing the first set, the Dasha's just couldn't hatch their first set play, both making more mistakes and both getting frustrated and both doing all they could to get back in the match, but Brady's aggression and King's smart play helped them dominate.
This means the Aus Open journey for 2018 is over for Dasha. :( No mixed doubles for Dasha which means next time we'll see her in action is in Taipei next week! Dasha will be the second seed and Svitolina the first, Dasha will be down the bottom section of the draw.
Kasatkina isn't playing in Taipei, so I doubt we'll see Dasha play Doubles, however, I'd love to see her play with good friend Belinda Bencic who is competing. And after coming off such success in doubles with Roger Federer.
All the their Dasha, if I can recommend anything, since you've got some spare time before you leave for Taipei, have some practice matches against an eliminated player, like Kasatkina. If the stays, book a court and play a practice match, treat it like the real thing and it'll hopefully help you see what you need to improve and it'll help build your energy in the warm weather.
Congratulations Dasha on all achieved this week and over this Aussie Summer, we'll see you back next year! :) #thedashas #wta #dariagavrilova #kasatkina #dasha #gavrilova #tennis #dashagavrilova #teamdasha #dashakasatkina #australianopen #dariakasatkina