Sport Tennis Dasha bounces back in great escape at Roland Garros

Dasha bounces back in great escape at Roland Garros

Gavrilova Barty
Daria Gavrilova showed her fighting spirit to win through to the round of 32 at Roland Garros. Photo: AAP Photo: AAP
Twitter Facebook Reddit Pinterest Email

Daria ‘Dasha’ Gavrilova has cashed in on a stunning meltdown from Bernarda Pera to scrape into the French Open third round in Paris.

The 24th seed teetered on the brink of a humbling straight-sets exit before saving a match point and joining fellow Australian Samantha Stosur in the last 32 with a 2-6 7-5 6-3 Houdini act on Thursday.

Pera collapsed dramatically after blowing a match point at 5-2 up in the second set.

The American again served for the match at 5-4, but was unable to land a ball in the court, the left-hander incredibly committing nine unforced errors in a row, including a double-fault, to gift Gavrilova a lifeline.

Gavrilova didn’t immediately capitalise on her unexpected good fortune, dropping serve to love in the opening game of the third set and falling behind 2-0.

But she quickly regrouped and reeled off five straight games before clinching an epic victory after two hours and 35 minutes.

The great escape followed a similar fightback win from a set and a service break down in the first round against Sorana Cirstea and thrust Gavrilova into a showdown with Australian Open semi-finalist Elise Mertens on Saturday.