Harriet Dart in the R16 at the 2023 Rothesay Open, Nottingham, UK
Harriet Dart in the R16 at the 2023 Rothesay Open, Nottingham, UK | (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | WTA Birmingham 2024 | Harriet Dart is the last Brit standing in singles as she faces Barbora Krejcikova next

By Ros Satar

  • Harriet Dart [WC] def Moyuka Uchijima [Q] 6-3 6-3
  • Faces Barbora Krejcikova [2]
  • H2H: First meeting
BIRMINGHAM, UK – Harriet Dart emerged as the last remaining Brit in singles, and faces the No. 2 seed Barbora Krejcikova.

 

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Harriet Dart [WC] v Barbora Krejcikova [2] | H2H & Match Fundamentals

Harriet Dart [WC] v Barbora Krejcikova [2] H2H: First Meeting
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Harriet Dart will carry British hopes in the singles after a bad day for the Brits in Birmingham in round 1. Heather Watson lost from a commanding position, and Katie Boulter retired with illness,

Her reward for coming through a relatively straightforward match against qualifier Moyuka Uchijima is a first time match-up with former French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2024)

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H2H: Harriet Dart (WR 101) Barbora Krejcikova (WR 25)
Tournament Previous Best QF (2023) Final (2023)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 41.0 36.5
Return Points Won % 46.2 43.3
Break Point Conversion % 47.7 46.5
Break Points Saved % 51.3 52.8
Overall Service Points Won % 54.0 56.9

Dart edges Krejcikova in return stats, and in converting her break point chances, but they are evenly matched in terms of getting themselves out of trouble by saving break points against them, with the Czech performing slightly better.

 

 

Playing Styles & Prediction

Despite tumbling a little down the rankings, Dart has been keeping herself busy across the main tour and the lower-level tournaments, and probably comes into the match slightly more match-fit. On the surface that often gives her a bit of a boost in the year, she has just two wins to her name.

The former French Open champion continues to struggle with injuries, and had to skip the Sunshine Double after having started the year well reaching the Australian Open quarter-final. Her clay court season was abysmal by her standards, failing to win a single match and her victory over Daria Saville snaped a five-match losing streak, dating back to Abu Dhabi in February.

Dart has all the feistiness but lacks some of the obvious weapons that the more experienced Krejcikova brings to the table, but she does has the crowd firmly on her side and they will be desperate to see continued British singles success continue.

Prediction: Krejcikova in three sets.

 

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