By Glenys Furness
- Harriet Dart progressed to the Semi Final without dropping a set
- Edged in the Semi Final 7-6(2), 5-7, 7-5
HUA HIN – THAILAND – Harriet Dart edged in the Semi Final of Hua Hin after a brilliant string of straight set wins. The Brit didn’t drop a set until the semi-final.
Brit of the Week
Harriet Dart was top seed in Hua Hin and took on Zheng Wushuang in the first round. The Chinese player was no match for the Brit in the first set, as Dart eased through losing only two games. The second set proved much closer as Zheng found some timing on the shots. The top seed was not to be outdone though and moved through in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.
The second round saw the top seed face Mananchaya Sawangkaew. The Thai player had nothing to bring against Dart, who broke once per set to again get through in straight sets. The Brit was on a roll as she lost only six games to take the match 6-3, 6-3
In the quarter-final the Brit was up against Sara Tomic. The Australian who is the sister of Bernard Tomic, put up a fight in the first set. However, Dart managed to secure the break when needed and sealed the first set. The top seed was even more comfortable in the second set easing through to take the match 7-5, 6-2.
In the semi-final Dart was against Chihiro Muramatsu. This was a very close match with the Japanese player pushing Dart to a tiebreak in the first set. Muramatsu took the breaker with ease. Dart was not going down without a fight though, and levelled the match up taking the second set with one break of serve at the end. The final set was high quality with neither wanting to give an inch. Right at the end though the Japanese managed to break Dart and take the spot in the final 7-6(2), 5-7, 7-5.
Challenger and ITF Results Round Up
Liam Broady came through qualifying and then lost in the QF in Gimcheon Challenger to second seed Konstantin Kravchuck 7-6(5), 5-7, 4-6
Brydan Klein lost in the second round in Gimcheon to fifth seed Blaz Kavcic 6-4, 6-2
Neil Pauffley lost in the QF in Akko to qualifier Igor Smilansky 6-4, 6-1
Laura Robson lost in the QF of Gifu to the third seed Lin Zhu 6-3, 6-4
Next week Brits play in Cagnes-sur-mer (Heather Watson), Seoul (Klein, Broady & Alexander Ward – several Brits in qualifying here)
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