BILLIE JEAN KING CUP TIES9
Last updated: 28/11/2023
BILLIE JEAN KING CUP TIES 9
Last updated: 28/11/2023
SURFACE: hard & grass
LTA SUPPORT Pro Scholarship Programme
SURFACE:hard & grass
Get to know Harriet Dart
Harriet Dart is supported by the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme, the highest level of support offered to developing players aged between 16 and 24 with the best chance of reaching the ATP/WTA top 100 singles.
A regular on the WTA Tour since her debut at the 2015 Aegon International, Harriet Dart has performed well at recent Grand Slams - breaking into the top 100 earlier in 2022 - and has established herself in the GB Billie Jean King Cup team.
- Place of birth: London
- Lives: London
- Trains: National Tennis Centre, Roehampton
Family: Tennis runs in the family – parents Susie and Nick met at Harriet’s home club, Cumberland LTC
- Likes: Football – supports Arsenal – also likes shopping and going to the cinema. She was a talented cross country runner and had to choose between that and tennis.
- Goals: Short-term, to break into the top 100. Long-term to win grand slams.
Started playing aged 7 at Cumberland LTC and was instrumental in helping them win their first national league club champion’s title in 2013 and retain in 2014. First memory of tennis is picking up a racket and playing it like a guitar!
In the Billie Jean King Cup Play-Off tie against Sweden, Dart stepped up to face Cajsa Hennemann where she pulled off an emphatic 7-5, 6-2 victory to secure her nation's spot in the 2024 Qualifiers.
Riding on the momentum of her GB performance, Dart went on to finish runner-up at the W100 Takasaki event, after missing out in three sets to Yue Yuan, 5-7, 7-5, 6-0.
Dart was selected to represent Great Britain for their Billie Jean King Cup Play-Off tie against Sweden in November.
Dart returned to winning ways at the W100 Shrewsbury event where she and Australia's Olivia Gadecki teamed up to take the doubles crown. The pair capped off a strong week with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Barbora Palicova and Elena Malygina in the final.
The British star lost in the opening round at Wimbledon to France's Dianne Parry 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-4.
However, teaming up with Heather Watson in the doubles, the British duo knocked out seventh seeds Jelena Ostapenko & Lyudmyla Kichenok 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 before going out in the second round.
Dart kicked-off her grass court swing at the Lexus Surbiton Trophy, where she missed out on a spot in the quarter-finals after a hard-fought three set battle against first seed Tatjana Maria, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4.
At Rothesay Open Nottingham she came through qualifying to reach the quarter-finals where she faced fellow Brit Katie Boulter. In a tough battle of the Brits, Dart fell short 6-3, 7-5. She also joined forces with Heather Watson to finish runner-up in the doubles to Ulrikke Eikeri and Ingrid Neel 7-6(6), 5-7, 10-8.
Then onto the Rothesay Classic Birmingham where she beat world No.26 Anhelina Kalinina for the second time in two weeks to make back-to-back WTA quarters, before losing out to Anastasia Potapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The Rothesay International Eastbourne saw Dart overcome the world No.38 Shuai Zhang 7-5, 6(5)-7, 6-1 in round one, before losing to recently crowned Rothesay Classic Birmingham champion Jelena Ostapenko.
Dart headed to the W25 Nottingham event where she welcomes her first ITF-level title since 2018.
The Brit was a dominant force throughout the week, breezing through the field before overcoming Australia's Taylah Preston 6-0, 6-2 in the final to wrap up the title without dropping a single set.
Dart then went on to make the doubles final at the W60 Bodrum – where she finished runner-up with Ayla Aksu. The British, Turkish pair narrowly lost 6-4, 7-6(3) in the final to Oana Gavrila and Isabelle Haverlag.
Dart was selected to represent Great Britain in their Billie Jean King Cup qualifying tie against France at the Coventry Building Society Arena, as Britain's highest ranked player.
During the qualifying tie Dart endured a tough three set battle on day one against Alize Cornet - falling just short in a 7-6(6), 7-6(3) defeat. With Great Britain's hopes of qualifying on the line, Dart then stepped up to face world No.5 Caroline Garcia on day two. After dropping the first set, Dart fought back to take the second before Garcia ramped up the heat to clinch the win, 6-1 6-7 (10-12) 6-1 to send France through to the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.
Dart teamed up with Romania’s Andreea Mitu for the W40 Murska Sobota event. Having not dropped a single set en route to the final, the pair were due to face Magali Kempen and Xenia Knoll before the Belgian, Swiss duo had to withdraw from the event - leading Dart and Mitu to be crowned champions.
Dart represented Great Britain at the inaugural United Cup - helping Great Britain to finish top of Group D with wins against Australia and Spain, before losing out to a dominant United States team in the Sydney City Final.
Dart made her main draw debut at the Australian Open, where she suffered a first round defeat against world No.34 Jil Teichmann.
Dart led Great Britain at the Billie Jean King Cup, but lost her opening match to Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 6-1, 6-4.
However, Dart contributed to Great Britain’s victory over Spain to progress to the semi-finals after defeating the world No.13, and Indian Wells’ 2021 champion, Paula Badosa, 6-3, 6-4.
In the semi-finals, Dart put in another dominant performance to stun Australia's Ajla Tomljanović in a 7-6 (3) 6-2 win, adding a vital point on the board for her nation.
Dart dispatched France’s Oceane Dodin 6-2, 6-0 in the first round of the Transylvania Open before losing to Hungary’s Anna Bondar in the second. Her stint in Romania continued after joining forces with local Monica Niculescu, blitzing the opening round before bowing out of the quarter-finals, losing 3-6, 6-4, 10-3 to Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic and Xin-Yun Han.
Dart soared into the second round of Wimbledon following her 6-1, 6-4 defeat over Spaniard Rebeka Masarova, but her third round hopes were thwarted after losing out to eighth seed Jessica Pegula in three sets. The world No.87 also reached the third round of the doubles alongside fellow Brit, Heather Watson.
At the Rothesay Open Nottingham, Dart defeated former champion Donna Vekic and third seed Camila Girogi to reach her first WTA quarter-final - where she lost to Alison Riske 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Another strong performance at the Rothesay Classic Birmingham where she defeated world No.61 Camila Osorio before losing to former Wimbledon champion, Simona Halep.
More success followed at the Rothesay International Eastbourne where she reached her first WTA 500 quarter-final. Wins over Madison Brengle, Jill Teichmann and Marta Kostyuk saw her into the final eight, where she bowed out to Petra Kvitova.
Dart was selected for the Billie Jean King Cup squad to play in her fourth tie in a qualifier against Czech Republic. She lost her first singles tie in straight sets to 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova.
Day two of the Billie Jean King Cup tie saw Dart restore Great Britain's hopes of reaching the finals after showing real tenacity, defeating young Czech star, Linda Fruhvirtova, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2, before losing the deciding doubles rubber with Katie Swan.
In the W60 Arcadia doubles, alongside Mexico’s Giuliana Olmos, Dart put in a great performance, reaching her first final of the season. However, the pair were unable to compete, giving a walkover to USA double act, Ashlyn Krueger and Robin Montgomery.
Dart put on a memorable debut performance at Indian Wells, coming through qualifying before going to win the biggest match of her career 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 against former World No.3, Elina Svitolina. Dart’s excellent run continued after a sensational display against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi to bag herself a place in the final 16 of the BNP Paribas Open, where she lost 6-1, 6-4 to Madison Keys.
For the third time in four years, Dart came through all three rounds of the Australian Open qualifying, dropping only one set across the three qualifying matches. In the first round of the main draw, Dart lost to former French Open champion Iga Swiatek 6-3, 6-0.
Beat her fellow Brit and good friend Heather Watson in the Monterrey Open on the WTA Tour in March. Was selected to represent Great Britain in a Billie Jean King Cup Play-Off tie against Mexico in April at the National Tennis Centre.
Reached quarter-finals of ITF 60K in Charlottesville in April and semi-finals of ITF 100K in South Carolina in May losing in three sets to Claire Liu. In July she reached her first Grand Slam final, teaming up with Joe Salisbury in the Wimbledon mixed doubles - the Brits finished runners-up to compatriot Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk.
Fifth seed Dart had her best performance of the year at the W80 Tyler in Texas, where she reached her first singles final of the season, narrowly missing out in the title to Misaki Doi.
Qualified for the Australian Open and eventually fell to Wimbledon Champion, Simona Halep, in the second round. Standout performer in Great Britain’s Fed Cup Qualifier defeat to Slovakia in February. Part of the winning British Bulldogs team at the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis event at the NTC in July – sealed the win with victory in mixed doubles alongside Joe Salisbury. In October reached the final of a ITF $25k event in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin before being beaten by No.1 seed Kaia Kanepi 6-4 6-4.
Enjoyed a successful year despite being kept out for 14 weeks through injury. Qualified for US Open main draw for the first time and reached Wimbledon third round, eventually losing to world number one Ash Barty on Centre Court. Runner-up in the W25 tournament in Sunderland having beaten Laura Robson and Tara Moore along the way. Reached the last 16 of the WTA Premier tournament in Brisbane, and qualified for the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne, where she lost in straight sets to Maria Sharapova. Part of the successful Fed Cup squad that overcame Kazakhstan in April. Reached the second round in Nottingham where she lost to sixth seed Alja Tomljanovic. Played alongside Venus Williams in the Nature Valley Classic doubles in Birmingham.
- Reaching Wimbledon mixed doubles semi-final alongside Jay Clarke in 2018.
- Finishing as Wimbledon mixed doubles runner-up with Joe Salisbury in 2021.
- Leading Great Britain to a first Billie Jean King Cup Finals semi-final since 1981.
- Breaking into the top 100 after coming through qualifiers to make the fourth round at Indian Wells in 2022
- Dart played in first of four Junior Grand Slams in 2014 at Melbourne – travelled alone – and in same year recorded three victories over players ranked inside the Junior ITF top 10 at Grade 1 ITF tournament in Roehampton.
- Reached the second round at Junior Wimbledon by beating defending champion Eddie Herr in the first round.
- Progressed to Women’s ITF circuit in the UK at end of 2013, reaching singles SFs in Egypt and winning first pro event doubles title.
- Won maiden singles title at first non-UK ITF tournament in 2014 at Sharm El Sheikh.
- Missed six months from October 2015 with foot injury but on return almost qualified into main draw of Wimbledon but lost in final qualifying round.
- Suffered a serious hip injury in September 2016.
When did Harriet Dart start playing tennis?
Dart started playing tennis at Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club at the age of seven.
Who is Harriet Dart's coach?
Dart is coached by Nigel Sears.
What has Harriet Dart won?
Dart has won four ITF singles titles in her career so far. She's also won one WTA and 14 ITF doubles titles.
When did Harriet Dart win her first title?
Dart won her first ITF singles event in 2014 at the $10k Sharm El Sheikh. Her first WTA doubles title came at the W125 Midland with Asia Muhammad.
Has Harriet Dart played for Great Britain in the Billie Jean King Cup?
Yes, Dart has played in four ties for Great Britain, most recently in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifier against Czech Republic.
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