By Glenys Furness
- Harriet Dart made the final in Sunderland
- Top seed didn’t drop a set until the semi-final
SUNDERLAND, UK – Harriet Dart started her build up to the Fed Cup play off by making the final in the ITF event in Sunderland.
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Harriet Dart entered the ITF event in Sunderland, as build up to the Fed Cup play off continued. As the top seed the Brit was hoping to progress deep in the event.
In the first round Dart drew Eléonora Molinaro. The Luxembourg player stayed toe to toe with Dart in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit completely dominated the breaker, losing only one point to take the lead. The second set saw the top seed stroll away with the set. Molinaro was unable to hold serve, and Dart went on to take the match in straight sets 7-6(1), 6-0.
The second round saw the top seed face fellow Brit Laura Robson. Dart continued where she left off, with Robson struggling to hold serve. It was the top seed that dominated the entire first set, as Robson could do nothing with the Dart game. After Dart won the first set, Robson retired from the match, handing the top seed a place in the next round 6-0 RET
In the quarter-final Dart was up against Simona Waltert. The Swiss proved to be the toughest match so far. The top seed did manage to break serve in the first set and held on to take the lead. In the second set Waltert was no match for the Brit. Dart broke twice to seal the victory and moved into the semi-final 6-4, 6-2.
The semi-final saw the top seed against another Brit, this time Tara Moore. It was Moore that got off to the better start and managed to break the serve of Dart. The top seed was stunned by this and lost the first set. Dart, however, re-grouped and completely dominated the next two sets without losing a game. Dart moved into the final 3-6, 6-0, 6-0.
In the final Dart was against Romanian Laura-Ioana Andrei. The Romanian had come through qualifying and made it all the way to the final. A very close first set saw Dart edged out by Andrei right at the end of the set. The Brit steadied the ship and managed to break in the second set to level up the match. Unfortunately, the Romanian fought back and took the match in the final set 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Jan Choinski was defeated by Mikael Ymer in the second round in Murcia 6-2, 6-4.
Ella Taylor was defeated by Simona Waltert in the first round in Sunderland 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
Maia Lumsden was defeated by Valeria Savinykh in the first round in Sunderland 6-2, 7-6(4).
Samantha Murray was defeated by Laura-Ioana Andrei in the first round in Sunderland 6-1, 6-3.
Naomi Broady was defeated by Mallaurie Noel in the first round in Sunderland 6-3, 6-2.
Amelia Rajecki was defeated by Jodie Burrage in the first round in Sunderland 6-1, 6-3.
Jodie Burrage was defeated by Mallaurie Noel in the second round in Sunderland 7-5, 6-4.
Victoria Allen was defeated by Robin Anderson in the second round in Sunderland 7-5, 6-2.
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Nam Ji-Sung in the first round in Japan 7-6(7), 6-2.
Isaac Stoute was defeated by Lorenzo Frigerio in the first round in Mexico 6-2, 6-3.
Julian Cash was defeated by Hugo Grenier in the second round in Mexico 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Emily Appleton was defeated by Natsumi Kawaguchi in the final in Mexico 7-6(2), 6-7(2), 6-3.
Katy Dunne was defeated by Anastasiya Shoshyna in the first round in Portugal 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Emily Webley-Smith was defeated by Mariam Bolkvadze in the first round in Portugal 6-3, 6-1.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Dalma Gálfi in the second round in Portugal 6-4, 6-4.
Katie Swan was defeated by Audrey Albie in the second round in France 6-3, 6-2.
Samuel Pointon was defeated by Vasko Mladenov in the first round in Tunisia 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.
Amanda Carreras was defeated by Ana Lantigua De La Nuez in the semi-final in Tunisia 6-3, 6-3.
Liam Broady was defeated by Igor Sijsling in the first round in Sunderland 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Scott Duncan was defeated by William Griffith in the first round in Sunderland 7-5, 7-6(5).
Alexis Canter was defeated by Yannick Mertens in the first round in Sunderland 6-2, 7-6(4).
Anton Matusevich was defeated by Gijs Brouwer in the first round in Sunderland 7-5, 6-2.
James Story was defeated by George Houghton in the first round in Sunderland 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3.
Robert Carter was defeated by Tobias Simon in the first round in Sunderland 7-6(6), 7-5.
Adam Jones was defeated by Andrés Artuñedo in the first round in Sunderland 6-3, 6-2.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Neil Pauffley in the first round in Sunderland 7-6(3), 6-3.
Ben Jones was defeated by Edan Leshem in the first round in Sunderland 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(4).
George Houghton was defeated by Julian Lenz in the second round in Sunderland 6-3, 6-4.
Neil Pauffley was defeated by Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round in Sunderland 6-1, 6-3.
Jack Findel-Hawkins was defeated by Zizou Bergs in the second round in Sunderland 7-6(4), 6-3.
Ryan Peniston was defeated by Zizou Bergs in the quarter-final in Sunderland 6-2, 6-78), 6-4.
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