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Billy Harris lines up a slice backhand at the Rothesa Open Nottingham
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Rothesay Open Nottingham 2024: Britain guaranteed finalists in women’s & men’s singles

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For the second consecutive year, there will be a British player competing in both the women’s and men’s singles finals at the Rothesay Open Nottingham.

In the women’s draw British No.1 Katie Boulter and 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu finished the day having played just one nail-biting set of their semi-final – with Raducanu leading 7-6(13) after an hour and 20 minutes of action already.

The winner of that match will play either former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova or France’s Diane Parry in the final after both semi-finals have been played on Sunday.

There were however three British wins in the men’s singles in Saturday’s quarter-finals, meaning that at least one of Charles Broom or Billy Harris will be in the final, with Jacob Fearnley also featuring on the other side of the draw.

Qualifier Broom had to wait until late on Saturday night to seal the best win of his career over world No.62 and second seed Dan Evans 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Playing on the indoor hard courts as the conditions outside became too dangerous, Broom broke the two-time champion three times in the last two sets to round off a huge victory for the world No.283.

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“It was tricky obviously coming inside and waiting around for a long time,” Broom said. “I took a bit of time to get used to the conditions and obviously the way he plays is very tricky. I felt like I finding my range towards the end of the first set and then started feeling good and carried it into the second and third.

“So far it’s been great (the tournament) and I have another great match tomorrow against Billy. It’s great that the Brits are doing well and I’m looking forward to a battle against him.”

His next match will be against Harris, who came through his quarter-final match with Mikhail Kukushkin after the Kazakh was forced to retire with a hamstring injury. The Brit was leading 6-1, 2-1, when Kukushkin called it a day.

Harris has now made back-to-back ATP Challenger Tour semi-finals on grass, after also reaching the final four at the Lexus Surbiton Trophy.

“I got a good start after the first game where I was a couple of break points down,” Harris said. “I think that game was very important as I then went on to break straight after.

“His movement was a bit cautious out of the corners and I tried to take advantage of that and keep the momentum going.”

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22-year-old Fearnley’s dream week in Nottingham continued with the biggest win of his career against world No.96 Shang Juncheng 7-5, 7-5 – battling both the tournaments third seed and the weather conditions to get the job done.

Fearnley will now play Mattia Bellucci for a place in the final, after the Italian beat fellow Texas Christian University (TCU) graduate Jack Pinnington Jones earlier on Saturday.

“I am super happy,” he said. “It was a great match. A little rain delay and there was a super tight game a 4-4 that I was able to get through and I feel that helped.

“That gave me the momentum to close out the match. I am just super happy to be able to be in the semi-final after coming through qualifying, I couldn’t ask for much more.

“I am most pleased with the way I was able to come back from adversity. I faced a lot of great points when I came back out at 4-4, the rain delay and then also I was down a break in the first set.”

There will also be British representation in both doubles finals. Harriet Dart and Parry will have to wait to find out their opponents in the women's doubles, while Britain's Marcus Willis and Australia's John Peers will play Harold Mayot and Luke Saville.

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