By Michael Stafford-Jones, in Surbiton
- Katie Swan lost 6-2 6-4 to Harriet Dart at the Fuzion 100 Surbiton Trophy
- The Brit, 19, is looking forward with confidence to the rest of the grass season
- Swan will play at the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham next
SURBITON, ENGLAND – Katie Swan believes that her good performances bring good results, and she is keen to move on swiftly after her second-round loss in the Fuzion 100 Surbiton Trophy.
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“It was tough,” Swan said. “I definitely didn’t play my best in the first set. But I have to give credit to Harriet – she played really well right from the start.”
She continued, “I’m disappointed but there are a lot of tournaments coming up so I just have to look forward to the next one.”
The Brit was also asked what it is like to play one of her compatriots. She said, “It’s never easy. We’re friends and it’s difficult to play someone you know really well but everyone does it all the time so you just have to get on with it.”
Swan is still only 19 and she has made an encouraging start to her senior career. She has won six ITF titles already and will move up to a career-high of 220 in the world after this event.
In the first round at Surbiton, the Brit produced exactly the kind of performance she will need to continue her progress as she fought back impressively from a set down to beat World No.123 Arina Rodionova 2-6 6-4 6-3.
Swan explained how she approaches matches against higher-ranked opponents. She said, “Most of the players are ranked higher than me so I’m just trying to put in good performances.”
“And usually if I do that then the results follow, so I’m just hoping to continue to do that.”
The Brit’s aim for the grass court season is simple. She said, “I’m just trying to win matches. Every tournament I’m playing during the grass season is tough, so if I win matches in all of them then that’s really good.”
Do you take a lot from a good performance, even if you don’t win? “Definitely. Every tournament I’m playing during the grass season is tough.”
Swan will travel to Nottingham next to take part in the Nature Valley Open. Whatever happens there, the future looks bright for this talented youngster.
The Nature Valley Open takes place in Nottingham from 9-17 June 2018.
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