United Cup 2023: Great Britain clinch early win over Australia
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Get the latest results from Great Britain's United Cup clash against Australia in Group D.
- Great Britain beat Australia 3-2
- Cam Norrie defeated Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-3 to gift Great Britain the lead
- Harriet Dart secures Britain's victory with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Maddison Inglis
- Katie Swan posted 6-4, 6-3 win over Zoe Hives
Dan Evans lost out to Jason Kubler 6-3, 7-6(3)
Jonny O'Mara & Harriet Dart defeated in straight sets by Sam Stosur & John Peers
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Harriet Dart's win sees Great Britain top Group D
With the Brits having taken an 2-0 lead over Australia after day one at the United Cup, British No.2 Harriet Dart wasted no time in clinching the tie with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Maddison Inglis on Friday.
The win sees the Brits start the tournament top of Group D, as they look ahead to a tie against Spain. If they beat the Spaniards, they will progress to the quarter-finals.
Faced with the late withdrawl of Australia's No.1 WTA star, Ajla Tomlijanovic, Dart responded well and continued her strong record in representing her country over recent months.
A dominant first set saw the Brit take control of the match, with an astonishing 94% (14/17) points won on first serve and an early break of serve. It was her response to adversity in the second set that proved the defining factor - Inglis crafted her first and only break opportunities in Dart's first service game if the second set, but the Brit came back firing, not only holding but breaking the Australian on te following game.
Following Nick Kyrgios’ withdrawal from the tournament at the 11th hour, British No.1 Cam Norrie kick-started the action on day one with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Alex de Minaur.
At the third time of asking, Norrie found the opening break of the match to eventually close out the opening set before holding onto his clean sheet in the second, finding a double break advantage to eventually put the match to bed in one hour and 32 minutes.
Katie Swan followed the triumphant Norrie with an impressive display of her own, as she proceeded to clinch Great Britain’s second win of the tie by defeating Australia’s Zoe Hives 6-4, 6-3.
In the second men's singles match up, Dan Evans lost out to Australia's Jason Kubler, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon this year. Despite holding a 5-0 lead in the second set, the Brit was unable to find the killer blow, eventually bowing out 6-3, 7-6(3).
Stepping in for the mixed doubles to close out the tie, Jonny O'Mara and Dart were defeated by experienced doubles duo, John Peers andSam Stosur 7-6(4), 6-4.