Lexus Surbiton Trophy 2023: Four British women into quarter-finals for only second time in history
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This year’s Lexus Surbiton Trophy will see four British women competing in the quarter-finals – matching the record set in 2017 by Naomi Broady, Harriet Dart, Katy Dunne and Heather Watson.
Katie Boulter, Katie Swan, Lily Miyazaki and 16-year-old Iasbelle Lacy have all made impressive starts to this year’s tournament and are set to battle it out for a place in the semis and then eventually, the final.
Boulter came through one of the best matches of the day out on Court 1 – overturning a set deficit to defeat fellow Brit Sonay Kartal 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. After the match, Boulter was quick to congratulate her compatriots in a strong showing so far in Surbition.
“It's great to have four British women in the quarter-finals,” said the British No.3. “This is what we should be focusing on. I'm so happy to see all these girls playing super, super well. I really hope we can continue this week-in, week-out."
Miyazaki is set to face Lacy in what will be her third consecutive match against a fellow Brit. In the second round she beat Eden Silva 6-4, 7-5, adding to her victory over Jodie Burrage the previous day.
"It was a really tough match,” said Miyazaki. “Eden and I have played each other many times. We are about the same age, so we have played since juniors. I'm glad to have got through.
“It is more nerve-wracking playing against a fellow Brit as we know each other so well. Having four British girls through to the quarter-finals is great."
Lacy – who has played with her quarter-final opponent Miyazaki in the LTA County Cup – received a walkover against Sachia Vickery.
Swan was first out on Centre Court against Oceane Dodin – however, with the Brit leading 5-3, Dodin was forced to retire with an injury. Swan will face top seed Tatjana Maria in the next round, who narrowly defeated Dart 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4.
"It's tough to win that way," Swan commented after the match. "I feel really bad for my opponent that she had to stop because of a knee injury. I thought up until that point that I was playing pretty well. In some ways, it's good that I have more time to recover ahead of tomorrow. I am taking the positives from it. It looked like quite a bad injury. I hope she is not out for too long."
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