MELBOURNE, Australia - Daria Gavrilova is hopeful of breaking into the world's Top 10 in 2018 following her breakthrough season this year.
The expressive Australian won her first WTA title in Connecticut in August, beating Dominika Cibulkova in the final, and was also a finalist in Strasbourg and Hong Kong.
"Top 10 is a goal," she told the Sydney Morning Herald. "That would be pretty cool to achieve."
The 23-year-old spent the majority of the year just outside the Top 20 but has ambitions for the upcoming season, starting with her home Australian Open next month.
Her appearance at Melbourne Park will be her fifth showing on home soil. Her home Grand Slam remains her most successful, having made the fourth round there in both 2016 and 2017.
"I love playing at home, the crowd is always behind me and I really feel it," Gavrilova, who finished the season as World No.25, said. She intends to feed off the Melbourne support and use it to her advantage.
“I give back as well, so I get really engaged with the crowd. Sometimes at training I get bored, I'm like: 'There's no one watching, who cares?'. I don't focus on controlling emotion, controlling what I feel. I've always been this way so I know my strengths with my coaches. We know that if I'm positive and bouncy, it really helps my tennis."
Gavrilova will play at the Sydney International, which starts on January 7, a week before the Australian Open.