Harriet Dart Wimbledon 2014
Harriet Dart Wimbledon 2014 | (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Harriet Dart claims first title of 2018

By Glenys Furness

  • Harriet Dart came through qualifying in Germany
  • Lifted her first trophy of 2018
ALTERNKIRCHEN, GERMANY – Harriet Dart came through the qualifying rounds at the ITF 25K event and went on to take the title.


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Brit of the Week

Harriet Dart went to Germany and was the second seed in qualifying. Having made it through those rounds the Brit found herself in the main draw. The first round saw Dart up against Katarzyna Piter, as a qualifier first round matches are a bonus with the time already on the court.

Dart dominated the first set against Piter and lost only one game. The second set was much tougher for the Brit as the Pole tried to level up. Both Piter and Dart stayed toe-to-toe and a tiebreak ensued. Fortunately, the Brit came through this and made it to the second round 6-1, 7-6(3).

In the second round Dart faced the sixth seed Anna Zaja. The German forced the Brit to work for the break in the first set, but Dart did just that and took the lead, this seemed to take the wind out of the seeds sails as Zaja was unable to make anything on the Brit in the second set, and Dart progressed easily to the quarter-final 6-4,6-2.

The quarter-final was the first test the Brit had in the main draw, and this came from Mandy Minella. The Luxembourg player dominated Dart in the first set, so much that Minella only lost one game. The second set was again one way traffic, but it was the Brit who dominated this time and only lost the one game herself. Dart was now more secure and broke Minella to take the match 1-6, 6-1, 6-4.

In the semi-final Dart took on Chloé Paquet. The Brit dominated the match from start to finish with the French player only winning three games during the whole match. Dart booked the final spot with a 6-0, 6-3 win.

The final had Dart against Karolina Muchová, the Czech fought hard in the first set and took the Brit to a tiebreak, which Dart edged. In the second Muchova could not get anything on the serve of the Brit who went on to take the title with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win.


Honourable Mention

Gabriella Taylor was in Perth for the ITF 25k event, unseeded the Brit drew Japanese player Nagi Hanatani and dominated from start to finish. The Brit lost two games in the whole match to easily move onto the second round 6-1, 6-1.

In the second round the Brit faced the top seed Eri Hozumi, and once again had little trouble breaking serve. Taylor broke once in each set and won in straight sets against the Japanese player 6-3, 6-3.

The quarter-final saw Taylor against the sixth seed Tereza Mrdeza. The Croatian tried to break serve but was unable to do so, and Taylor secured the first set with a break of serve of her own. In the second set the Brit once again stepped up a gear and broke Mrdeza, booking a spot in the semi-final 6-4, 6-3

In the semi-final Taylor was against the fifth seed Jacqueline Cristian. The Romanian got off to a very shaky start as the Brit dominated, breaking at will to seal the first set. Cristian put on a fightback in the second set, and made it very tricky for Taylor. The Brit, however, secured the break of serve right at the end of the set to seal the win 6-2, 7-5

The final was a re-match between Taylor and Myrtille Georges, whom the Brit had defeated on her way to the title in Launceston. In a very similar vein to the previous round it was Taylor who got off to the better start, breaking the French player twice to take the set. The second set was again very close as Georges started to fight back, but the Brit held on to take the win 6-2, 7-5. Her second title of 2018.


Challenger & ITF Round up

Katy Dunne lost in the second round in Perth 6-4, 7-5

Brydan Klein lost in the quarter-final of Kyoto to the top seed John Millman in a very close affair 7-6(3), 6-7(6), 6-3

Samm Butler lost in the first round in Tunisia 6-4, 6-2

Tara Moore lost in the first round of Brazil 6-1, 6-2

Katie Swan took the first set in the quarter-final in Brazil 6-4 but then lost the next 6-0, 6-1

Katie Boulter lost in the second round of Santa Fe 6-2, 6-3

Next Week Brits play in Acapulco, Dubai, Indian Wells & Yokohama