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Summer always comes early for Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova.
The former world No. 25 has had her share of trials and tribulations since her breakthrough 2010 season. After reaching the second week of back-to-back Grand Slam singles tournaments, Gajdosova went through a myriad of personal and professional traumas, from losing her mother to struggling to maintain the consistency of her powerhouse game. With all she has been through, the Slovak-born Aussie began 2015 with simple goals, all in the hopes of rebuilding her WTA ranking.
“My first goal was first and foremost to stay healthy,” Gajdosova said in an interview with WTT.com. “Rankings and tournaments don’t matter if you aren’t healthy enough to get on the court and compete at a high level.”
Through a resurgent 2014 season, Gajdosova rocketed over 160 spots from a nadir of No. 238, but still had a few more hurdles at home. For all of her past successes, the Aussie had never won a match at her home major, losing the first round in all nine previous appearances. For an athlete who holds herself to high standards, it was a black mark that was hard to ignore.
“For my home grand slam to be the only tournament not to win a round in was just unacceptable to me.”
With a refreshed physique and renewed confidence, Gajdosova battled through two tough wins over Top 20 opponents to reach the quarterfinals of Sydney, but the best was yet to come in Melbourne. Playing a fellow former Top 30 player in Alexandra Dulgheru, the Aussie played with her signature aggression to capture an emphatic and emotional straight-sets victory.
“That first win in Melbourne was extremely special to me,” Gajdosova admitted. “It was a really tough match but I don’t know if anyone was going to keep me from breaking that ‘curse.’ It was great to start off the year with some success at home.”