Nottingham | Watson and Burrage bow out but Dart hangs in

Heather Watson and Jodie Burrage’s campaigns at the Rothesay Open in Nottingham are over, but Harriet Dart’s hopes of a quarter-final place remain alive after she went down a set against Italian 3rd seed Camila Giorgi before levelling at set-all when play was suspended on Wednesday.

I am really happy to make another victory in the singles match. It gave me great confidence in grass-court tournament. I am so glad to be back in Nottingham. Last year, I had a good performance from here, and now I keep my singles and doubles rankings as well. It means that my efforts paid off, and I've made some progress. I am proud of myself. Zhang Shuai

There was disappointment for Watson, the British No 2, whose right thigh was heavily strapped, as she lost out on her chance to reach the quarter-finals to Viktorija Golubic from Switzerland, 7-5 6-2.

Both struggled to get any momentum in the first set, with 6 back-to-back breaks, but Watson held the initial advantage, with a chance to serve out the set at 5-3, but Golubic’s heavy slice and single-handed backhand held the advantage on the grass, and the World No 55 saved a set point to come back and steal the opener.

The Swiss, gaining in confidence, then took 5 consecutive games to all but wrap up the win in an hour-and-a-half, and reach her 3rd quarter-final of the season.

Golubic awaits the outcome of the match between 5th-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic from Australia and British No 4 Katie Boulter, who play on Thursday.


Zhang Shuai came from a break down in the second set to win against Jodie Burrage

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Burrage, who had ousted Zhu Lin from China in the first round, also missed her chance to reach the Last 8 after losing to the Chinese No 4 seed Zhang Shuai , the runner-up here last year, 6-2 7-6(4).

The current British No 8 had a break to lead 5-3 in the second set, but Zhang capitalised on a few errors to fight her way back, and pushed on for the win in 84 minutes to reach the quarter-finals at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Zhang will next face Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic, who took out No 8 seed Magda Linette from Poland, 6-2 7-6(3), to reach the quarters for the second year in a row.

The result also put the Czech into her second quarter-final of 2022 following St Petersburg, and third of her career on the grass.

“I am really happy to make another victory in the singles match,” said Zhang, who is ranked 41 in the world. “It gave me great confidence in grass-court tournament.

“I am so glad to be back in Nottingham. Last year, I had a good performance from here, and now I keep my singles and doubles rankings as well.

“It means that my efforts paid off, and I’ve made some progress. I am proud of myself.”

The doubles match involving Zhang & Beatriz Haddad Maia, the top seeds, was postponed due to rain on Wednesday.


Harriet Dart's match against Camila Giorgi was suspended at set-all and they will play a final set shoot-out on Thursday in Nottingham

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Dart will return to Centre Court tomorrow to finish her match against Giorgi with the score standing level at 5-7, 6-4.

The British No 3 started the brighter of the pair, racing to an early 3-1 lead, but Giorgi, the 2021 Eastbourne International semi-finalist had other ideas and, after clinching her first break point of the match, the 3rd seed doubled down at the end of the set to storm into the lead.

As the conditions started to take its toll late in the second, Giorgi struggled with the ball toss on her serve in the wind, which helped Dart break the Italian and see out the set 6-4.

With the weather turning to rain, the umpire suspended the match at one set each and it will resume on Thursday.

American Alison Riske, the No 6 seed, defeated Daria Snigur, a Ukrainian qualifier, 7-5 6-3, on Wednesday, to reach the 2nd-round, where she will face France’s Caroline Garcia, who scored a 6-3 7-6(3) win over another American, Lauren Davis.


The Centre Court at the Nottingham Tennis Centre shows Heather Watson in action against Viktorija Golubic on Wednesday

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