Britain's Harriet Dart loses last 16 match at Nottingham

  • Posted: Jun 13, 2019

Britain’s Harriet Dart lost to Australian world number 47 Ajla Tomljanovic in the last 16 of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.

Dart, ranked 159th in the world, lost 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-2 in her second grass-court match of the season.

The 22-year-old was broken twice in the opening set but won the tie-break before losing the second and third.

She failed to convert four break points, including two at 2-2 in the deciding set.

Maia Lumsden, the only other remaining Briton in the women’s singles, was beaten 6-3 6-1 by French world number 28 Caroline Garcia.

In the second-tier Challenger event taking place at the same venue, British number three Dan Evans beat compatriot Jack Draper 7-5 6-3 to make the last 16.

Evans, who beat Serbia’s Viktor Troicki in the Surbiton final on Sunday, will play Sweden’s Elias Ymer next. The 29-year-old, is currently ranked 70th in the world as he continues to climb the rankings following a year’s ban from the sport for taking cocaine.

  • Evans focused on the future

On Wednesday British number three Heather Watson lost 6-4 6-3 to Greece’s Maria Sakkari, ranked 82 places higher, in the first round in rainy conditions.

Compatriot Katie Swan also lost to American Bernarda Pera 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.

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