By Glenys Furness

  • Harriet Dart claims singles title in Norway
  • Brit only dropped one set en route
OSLO, NORWAY – Harriet Dart added the singles title to the doubles title claimed at the ITF event. The Brit entered the singles as the second seed, and only dropped one set en route to lifting the trophy.


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Brit of the Week

Harriet Dart entered the ITF event in Norway and was the second seed. Dart was up against Lena Rüffer in the first round. The German battled hard but was unable to prevent the seed from breaking in both sets. Dart took the match booking the spot in the second round 6-4, 6-4.

The second round saw the Brit face Laura-Ioana Andrei. The Romanian stayed close to Dart in the first set, but was unable to prevent the second seed from breaking serve to take the set. In the second set Andrei was no match for the Brit who dominated taking the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

In the quarter-final the second seed was facing Helene Scholsen. Dart was on a roll and was in no mood to lose the match. Breaking the Belgian once in the first set the Brit was once again on the way to the next round. The second set saw the seed once again dominate to book the semi-final spot 6-4, 6-2.

The semi-final was the toughest match of the event for Dart. Up against Valeria Savinykh the Brit found herself in trouble early when the Russian dominated and took the set for the loss of only one game. Dart needed to regroup quickly, the seed came out in the second set and managed to break the Russian levelling up the match. The final set saw Dart back in control and broke Savinykh to book the spot in the final 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

In the final Dart was against the top seed Paula Badosa Gibert. The Spaniard had progressed to the final without dropping a set. The Brit dominated the first set breaking Badosa Gibert twice to take the lead. In the second set the Spaniard was down a game when she retired, handing the title to Dart 6-2, 1-0 RET.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up 

Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Valeria Savinykh in the first round in Norway 6-3, 6-0.

James Ward was defeated by Lloyd Harris in the first round in Las Vegas 6-4, 6-4.

Brydan Klein was defeated by Marc Polmans in the quarter-final in Traralgon 6-3, 6-4.

Evan Hoyt was defeated by Jordan Thompson in the second round in Traralgon 6-4, 6-4.

Liam Broady was defeated by Brayden Schnur in the first round in Lizhou 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

Andrew Watson was defeated by Maxime Cressy in the second round in USA 7-6(7), 6-1.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Trent Bryde in the second round in USA 6-1, 6-4.

Jack Findel-Hawkins was defeated by Jonathan Chang in the quarter-final in USA 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3).

Luke Johnson was defeated by Joao Monteiro in the first round in Portugal 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Luke Stevenson was defeated by Raphael Baltensperger in the first round in Portugal 6-1, 6-2.

Billy Harris was defeated by Shuichi Sekiguchi in the first round in Vietnam 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(7).

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Nazim Makhlouf in the first round in Tunisia 6-4, 1-4 RET.

Helena Jansen Figueras was defeated by Erika Drozd Pereira in the first round in Tunisia 6-4, 6-4.

Mason Recci was defeated by Yan Sabanin in the first round in Egypt 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Karim-Mohamed Maamoun in the first round in Egypt 7-5, 6-1.

Shamael Chaudry was defeated by Adam Moundir in the first round in Egypt 6-4, 6-1.

Katy Dunne was defeated by Destanee Aiava in the second round in Australia 6-1, 6-2.

Jodie Burrage was defeated by Astra Sharma in the second round in Australia 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-1.

Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Ellen Perez in the semi-final in Australia 7-6(7), 6-7(2), 6-4.

Naomi Broady was defeated by Dasha Lopatetskaya in the first round in Canada 6-3, 6-2.

Tara Moore was defeated by Jessika Ponchet in the first round in Canada 6-1, 6-1.

Francesca Jones was defeated by Richèl Hogenkamp in the second round in Canada 6-2, 7-5.

Katie Swan was defeated by Karman Kaur Thandi in the quarter-final in China 6-3, 7-6(4).

Danielle Daley was defeated by Ekaterina Reyngold in the second round in Sweden 6-3, 7-6(5).

Alice Gillan was defeated by Anastasia Kulikova in the quarter-final in Sweden 6-3, 6-4.

Tiffany William was defeated by Anastasia Kulikova in the final in Sweden 7-5, 6-3.

Next week Brits play in Paris, Shenzhen, Canberra, Charlottesville, Thailand, Vietnam, Tunisia, Egypt, Greece, Kuwait, Estonia, China, Wirral, France, Spain, Turkey & Sweden.


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