Playing in her first event since the 2019 US Open, Daria Gavrilova ousted No. 24-seeded Dayana Yastremska in the first round of Roland Garros on Sunday night.

After dealing with foot, Achilles tendon and toe injury setbacks, the 26-year-old Aussie is making her comeback thanks to a protected ranking. Technically it's the world No. 788's second tournament having played a W50 ITF in France leading up to Roland Garros.

"I played in Cagnes-sur-Mer, played qualies there, then made quarters," she told press. "Then I felt like, OK, I've had enough matches. I felt, yeah, pretty good. I feel pretty fit."


Gavrilova and Yastremska had only played each other once before, at Indian Wells last year, but they had some more interesting history. Gavrilova, a very witty character on Tweeter, has poked fun at the Ukrainian's penchant for releasing statements.


"On Twitter, I was just giving sh*t to her. I wasn't, like, mean," Gavrilova told press in Paris. "I'm digging a hole here. I was just being funny. I've got nothing against her. I think she didn't even see it. Well, I don't know. I just thought it was funny.

"[Daria] Kasatkina messaged me and she was like are you going to come out with a statement and I'm like, oh my god, Dasha."

Next up for Gavrilova is Eugenie Bouchard, who is making a comeback of her own.

"To be honest, I think I like the matchup," Gavrilova said. "I like playing players like her. Yeah, I'm excited. I would be excited playing anyone, but... I just got to say that, right?"

Check out more from Gavrilova on her recent episode of the Podcast: