Brits Katy Dunne, Heather Watson and Dan Evans all prevailed in their matches on Thursday at the Surbiton Trophy to reach the quarter-finals.
I’m so pleasantly surprised by how well I’ve started the grass court season as coming from clay every year is a really tough transition Heather Watson
Dunne provided another upset when she took out Tereza Smitkova, a player ranked 140 places above her, 6-4 6-4 on Court 1 and will now face reigning champion Alison Riske for a spot in the semi-finals.
“I had to be really calm and on my job. She’s an aggressive player and she can serve really well which makes it tough on grass so I was more focused on what I needed to do and tried to be aggressive when I could,” said Dunne.
Watson battled back from 0-4 down in the opening set to defeat Madison Brengle 6-4 6-2 and set up a quarter-final clash against No.5 seed and 2017 winner Magdalena Rybarikova.
“I’m so pleasantly surprised by how well I’ve started the grass court season as coming from clay every year is a really tough transition,” said Watson. “I’ve known Maddie for a long time, we trained together in America for many years so we know each other well and I really respect her as a player. She’s very solid so I knew I’d have to play really well today to beat her and I did.”
The other women’s quarter-finals will see top seed Alison van Uytvanck take on qualifier Caty McNally while No.2 seed Tatjana Maria will face Yanina Wickmayer.
On the men’s side there was a victory for No.4 seed Evans over Australia’s Alex Bolt 5-7 6-2 6-0. Evans’ quarter-final opponent will be No.10 seed Marcel Granollers, who ended Bernard Tomic’s hopes in straight sets in the third round.
No.5 seed Denis Kudla defeated James Ward 6-3 4-6 6-3 and will now play Matthias Bachinger for a semi-final spot. There were also wins for No.8 seed Ivo Karlovic over 2017 Fever-Tree Champion Feliciano Lopez and Viktor Troicki, who knocked out No.14 seed Peter Polansky.