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.
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