- Harriet Dart made semi-final in Charleston USA
- Took out second seed en route
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA – Harriet Dart made the semi-final of the ITF event. The Brit took out the second and seventh seeds along the way.
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Harriet Dart entered the ITF event in Charleston South Carolina and drew the second seed Caty McNally. The American wildcard went toe to toe with Dart in the first set. McNally forced a tiebreak which she edged to take the lead. Dart re-grouped in the second set and broke the second seed serve to level up the match. The final set saw the Brit in control, breaking the American again to book a spot in the second round 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3.
The second round saw Dart up against Australian Arina Rodionova. The Brit and Aussie went toe to toe in the first set, with Rodionova forcing a tiebreak. This time it was Dart who prevailed to take the lead. Rodionova, however, fought back in the second set breaking the serve of the Brit. In the final set Dart was in dominating form, breaking more or less at will and booked a spot in quarter-final 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against seventh seed Olga Govortsova. Just as in the previous matches the first set was very tight. Both players were not giving an inch, and a tiebreak ensued. The seventh seed edged ahead in the breaker and took the lead. Dart once again managed to re-group and break the seeds serve to level up the match. The final set saw Dart and Govortsova fight hard, the Brit managed to secure the break of serve and move into the semi-final 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.
The semi-final saw Dart against American Claire Liu. Dart got off to a great start, securing a break of serve to take the lead. Liu fought back however, and broke the serve of Dart in both the second and final sets. The American went on to take the title, so overall a good week for Dart despite losing 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Jay Clarke was defeated by Guido Andreozzi in the quarter-final of Biella 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Yasmina El Sayed was defeated by Clervie Ngounoue in the first round in Cairo 6-1 (RET).
Luka Petrovic was defeated by Leonardo Catani in the second round in Cairo 7-6(3), 1-6, 10-3.
Felix Gill was defeated by Olexiy Kolisnyk in the third round in Cairo 6-1, 6-3.
Alexis Canter was defeated by Dominik Palan in the first round in Ramat Hasharon 6-2, 6-4.
Emily Appleton was defeated by Shavit Kimchi in the first round in Ramat Hasharon 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-2.
Alicia Barnett was defeated by Shavit Kimchi in the quarter-final in Ramat Hasharon 6-3, 6-1.
Sean Hodkin was defeated by Lukas Neumayer in the first round in Monastir 6-2, 6-3.
Emilie Lindh was defeated by Angelica Raggi in the first round in Monastir 6-0, 6-2.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Emma Davis in the first round in Monastir 6-4, 6-4.
Naiktha Bains was defeated by Alexandra Yepifanova in the first round in Naples 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Katie Swan was defeated by Kayla Day in the first round in Naples 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Sapfo Sakellaridi in the first round in Antalya 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Next week Brits play in Rome, Czech Republic, Israel, Germany, USA, Ecuador, Turkey & Tunisia.
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