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Day Seven

Watson upbeat after losing out in final

Heather Watson missed out on the Aegon Surbiton Trophy after falling to Magdalena Rybarikova. Read the full report.

Day Six

Home hope Watson sweeps through to Surbiton final

Heather Watson will play for the first grass-court title of the season after winning the Battle of the Brits in her Aegon Surbiton Trophy semi-final.

The British No.2 defeated compatriot Harriet Dart 6-1, 6-2 in blustery but hot conditions in the last-four and will play Magdalena Rybarikova in Sunday's final.

“This is definitely the start to the summer season I was hoping for,” Watson said. “Grass is my favourite surface, I really enjoy playing on it, especially at home. I really love coming to the net, slicing. Hence why I am playing on it every week.

"It’s great for British tennis that we have had four girls in the quarter-finals here. All of us girls really enjoy the grass.”

On the men’s side, Dan Evans retired hurt when leading his quarter-final match against Dustin Brown 6-3, 4-2 at the Aegon Surbiton Trophy. He received treatment beside the court on his left calf but was unable to continue playing.

“I just pushed off on a return and sought of heard and felt something go. It’s a bit disappointing to lose the match like that but that’s the sport we play so we’ll see how it is.”

The men's final will be played between Australia’s Jordan Thompson and Japan’s Yuichi Sugita. Thompson defeated Brown 6-3, 7-5, while Sugita beat Marius Copil 7-5, 6-4.

The men's doubles title was won by New Zealand's Marcus Daniel and Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. The Australian pair of Storm Sanders and Monique Adamcsak won the women's doubles title.

Day Five

Britain guaranteed finalist with Watson and Dart set to face-off

Dan EvansGreat Britain is guaranteed a women's finalist at the Aegon Surbiton Trophy following victories for Heather Watson and Harriet Dart in their respective quarter-finals.

Watson defeated British compatriot Katy Dunne 6-1, 7-6 in a rain delayed match played in blustery conditions. Harriet Dart, world ranked 299, cruised into the last 4 with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Karolina Muchova. Watson and Dart will now face each other for the first time for a place in the final.

Watson said: “It is great for the tournament and for the British tennis fans that there will definitely be a Brit in the final.”

Naomi Broady was beaten in her quarter-final by France’s top seed Oceane Dodin 7-5, 7-6.  

In the men’s draw, Dan Evans finally booked his place in the quarters after days of frustrating rain delays.

He defeated Akira Santillan 7-6, 6-3 to set up a quarter final against Dustin Brown (GER). That match will be played on Saturday after all men's quarter final matches were postponed for the day.

Day Four

Four British women reach quarters, Norrie wins on pro debut

Cameron NorrieThe strength of British women’s tennis was on show at the Aegon Surbiton Trophy with four Brits progressing to the quarter-finals.

Heather Watson, Naomi Broady, Harriet Dart and Katy Dunne all made it into the last-eight of the tournament.

Watson came through a rain interrupted match against Jana Fett (CRO) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Light showers stopped the match when Watson was serving for the match 5-3 15-love in the 3rd set. She returned after 30 minutes to serve it out.

"It is great to have so many British women through,” Heather said. “Hopefully we will keep pushing on and get through the next round."

Naomi Broady defied the blustery winds to move into the quarters with a three set win over Tereza Martincova 5-7, 7-6, 7-6.

British wildcards Harriet Dart and Katy Dunne both made the most of their opportunities, with Harriet defeating Lizette Cabrera 6-3, 7-5 and Katy beating Jamie Loeb 6-3, 6-4.

In the men’s draw, Cameron Norrie enjoyed the perfect start to his professional career as he defeated world No.71 Malek Jaziri 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 in his first match as a tour player.

“I am not used to it at all but I just tried to enjoy it and embrace the challenge on the grass,” Cameron said. “It is my best win, my highest ranked win, a great start to my pro career for sure.”

Dan Evans' second round match against Japanese qualifier Akira Santillan was suspended due to rain, with Santillan leading the first set 3-2. Crowd favourite Marcos Baghdatis was knocked out.

Day Three

Watson and Broady ease through openers

Naomi BroadyHeather Watson cruised through to second round of the Aegon Surbiton Trophy with a straight sets win over Alla Kudryavtseva 7-6, 6-1. 

Watson trailed 5-3 in the first set, before fighting back to take it in a tiebreak. 

 "It was good to get back in the swing of things on the grass, and to finally get on to the court," Heather said. "There have been a lot of delays, and we had to have our usual warm-up on the court rather than elsewhere – so the preparations were different.

"But today I was just really looking forward to playing, and having my first match on grass of the season. It is my favourite surface, and I am very pleased with how it went." 

In other action, Naomi Broady won the weather delayed all British match against Tara Moore 6-2, 6-3. 

"You obviously know coming into the grass season that the weather can affect your game a lot," Noami said. "After the rain it makes the grass softer which means the ball stays even lower and that doesn’t help me being the height that I am.

"I had to play really smart against Tara. She is a fantastic player on grass. She has had some great results over the years - always on the grass."

Laura Robson was beaten by Marina Erakovic in three sets. The men's first round singles matches were cancelled for the day due to the impact of adverse weather. 

Day Two

No play after heavy rain and poor forecast

Bad weather meant there was no play on Tuesday at the Aegon Surbiton Trophy, as heavy rain and high winds kept the players off-court.

Tournament officials reviewed the weather after lunch and decided there was no realistic prospect of play.

"Unfortunately the amount of rain that fell overnight and continuing adverse weather conditions has meant play was impossible," Tournament Director Dave Malia said. "We decided against moving matches to the indoor courts at the nearby National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, as the Surbiton Trophy is a grass court tournament and we are aware that the players want to gain experience on the grass as part of their preparation for The Championships at Wimbledon."

Day One

Vekic out in first round, Britain’s Dunne wins through

The women’s No. 2 seed Donna Vekic crashed out of the first round at the Aegon Surbiton Trophy after losing in three sets to Jamie Loeb.

American Loeb sent her Croatian opponent tumbling with a 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 victory and will now face Britain’s Katy Dunne, who came from a set down to beat compatriot Gabriella Taylor.

"Mentally, it was probably one of the best wins I have had." Katy said. "To come back from being down and not playing as well as I could have and just managing to fight harder.

"The grass courts are good here. I love playing at home and it gives me a chance to stay at home for a bit which is nice.”

Canada's Denis Shapovalov, Japan's Akira Santillan, Ecuador's Robert Quiroz, and America's Dennis Novikov qualified for the men’s singles main draw.

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