In the Viking Nottingham Open Fran Jones fought hard in her first WTA Tour match on home soil but eventually lost to Spain’s Georgina Garcia-Perez 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
It's never easy playing a fellow Brit and someone I practice with. To be honest, I'm just happy to be able to get through. I showed some glimpses of better tennis but there is a lot to improve on. Harriet Dart
The Brit started brightly and deservedly took the first set before Garcia-Perez came back strong in the second and managed to level the scores before requiring a medical timeout with Jones a break up early in the third. Jones struggled with cramp late in the third set and was eventually defeated 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Jones subsequently required medical attention on court at the end of the match due to full body cramp. After the match she said: “It’s obviously a difficult set of circumstances to face, but everyone has their challenges, these are my challenges, and I will keep doing what I am doing, I am lucky to have the people round me that I do.
“The LTA support, they really do their best to keep digging as to what we can do to better my performance, my recovery, my day to day. Hopefully I’ll be back on court again very soon over the weekend next week and I’ll be doing my best to rectify today’s result.”
In the WTA 250 event, LTA Pro Scholarship Programme players Harriet Dart and Emma Raducanu went head-to-head in the day’s battle of the Brits on Centre Court.
Dart flew out of the blocks and dominated the early exchanges, taking a 4-0 lead before eventually closing it out 6-3. Raducanu, who was making her WTA Tour debut, grew in confidence and took the game to Dart in the second set, but the British No.3 had too much quality on the day and booked her place in the second round with a solid performance.
Dart said: “I’m just so excited to be here. Two years ago, we had that awful weather and I played two matches indoors so it’s really nice come and play on this really nice court and have fans. It’s never easy playing a fellow Brit and someone I practice with. To be honest, I’m just happy to be able to get through. I showed some glimpses of better tennis but there is a lot to improve on.”
In the final match of the day on Centre, Katie Boulter beat Colombian World No. 98 Maria Camila Osorio Serrano in straight sets 6-2 6-3.