By Ros Satar

  • Harriet Dart v Kurumi Nara [Q] | H2H: Nara leads H2H 1-0
TIANJIN, CHINA – Harriet Dart will look to follow fellow Brit Heather Watson into the second round as she takes on qualifier Kurumi Nara.

 

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Harriet Dart v Kurumi Nara [Q] | H2H: Nara leads H2H 1-0

After Heather Watson’s win on Monday, Harriet Dart will look to follow her Fed Cup team mate in the early hours of Tuesday morning, UK time. Although Dart got a fair bit of court time in Tashkent, she is still yet advance past the first round of a tour-level event since reaching the third round of Wimbledon. Even having dropped down to the ITF level for a couple of tournaments after Wimbledon, she still hadn’t put together any back to back main draw wins.

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Even though Kurumi Nara has slipped down the rankings, she will come into this round with three solid matches under her belt through qualifying, breezing through all three in straight sets. But at a tour level and in the main draw, Nara has yet to pick up two straight wins.

At her best, Nara does hit the ball well and has great movement, but can have a weak serve, and perhaps at times too defensive. She likes to build up a point and loves using angles and placement to win her points.

On balance Dart comes across as a far more aggressive player and can generate a lot of pace on her groundstrokes, pushing players back with depth and precision. She would look to play a lot shorter points and stop Nara from being able to develop the points.

Nara has more experience, but her form has arguably been a little worse than Dart’s over the year.

Prediction: Dart in three sets.

Dart and Nara are scheduled first on Court 2 at 11am (4am BST)

 

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