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Harriet Dart in second round action at the Rothesay Classic Birmingham
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Rothesay Classic Birmingham 2024: Harriet Dart knocked out by former Grand Slam champion

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The last Brit standing in Birmingham Harriet Dart insists she will come back fighting with Wimbledon on her mind after falling just short of the quarter-finals at the Rothesay Classic Birmingham.

The 27-year-old defeated qualifier Moyuka Uchijima in straight sets on Tuesday but lost out to former French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova in 6-3, 6-4 in the last 16.

Last year’s finalist Krejcikova returned for the 42nd edition of the tournament and has booked a quarter-final spot against seventh seed Anastasia Potapova.

Following Katie Boulter’s retirement in the first round and Heather Watson and Amelia Rajecki’s opening losses, it was Dart who carried British hopes in the women’s singles draw but she ultimately came up short against her impressive Czech opponent.

She said: “It was a tough match, I thought Barbora played really well, she put me under a lot of pressure and there is lots for me to improve on and clean up before Wimbledon.

“I think she got a quick start in the second set with a break and then it was really difficult to come back because she was serving really well and then having a bit of a swing in my service games.

“Even in the last game, I was in the game but she played some good shots. I’m always trying to fight and win the match as much as I can, there were a few key points today, I didn’t play great so that’s something I need to work on.”

The West Hampstead tennis talent entered with match fitness on grass from the Lexus Surbiton Trophy and Rothesay Open Nottingham and will next target the Rothesay International Eastbourne.

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This article was written by Abi Curran at Sportsbeat

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