Daria Gavrilova

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In the 2015 Miami open, Gavrilova beat second seed Maria Sharapova in the second round, claiming her first victory over a top-ten player. She subsequently defeated Kurumi Nara in her next match before losing to Karolína Plíšková in the fourth round. Gavrilova then played at the $100,000 in Cagnes-sur-Mer as the third seed. She lost in the Quarterfinals to Pauline Parmentier. Her next tournament was the Premier 5 2015 Internazionali BNL d'Italia – Women's Singles where she qualified after defeating higher ranked players Kurumi Nara and Sílvia Soler Espinosa. She then defeated world number 33 Belinda Bencic in three sets in the first round. Following this performance, Gavrilova played world No. 7 Ana Ivanovic. After splitting the first two sets, Gavrilova defeated Ivanovic in the third set tiebreak on her 8th match point. This was Gavrilova's second top 10 win in a matter of months. She would then progress to the semifinals, losing there in straight sets to Maria Sharapova. It was Gavrilova's first semifinal on the WTA Tour.