Surbiton | Evans reaches singles final
Dan Evans battled through a tough semi-final against No.6 seed Marius Copil 7-6(3) 6-7(4) 6-4 to reach the final at the LTA’s Surbiton Trophy where he will play Viktor Troicki.
He is a good grass-court player, and has done well here before so I am really pleased to be in the final Dan Evans
Evans battled back from a break down in the first two sets to force a tiebreak and then secured the only break of serve in the third to claim victory in two hours 53 minutes.
“It was a tough match, I didn’t do much wrong – just missed a couple of volleys today at bad times, and it is really good to come through those,” said Evans. “He is a good grass-court player, and has done well here before so I am really pleased to be in the final.”
Awaiting Evans in the final will be Troicki who overcame No.5 seed Denis Kudla 3-6 7-6(5) 7-5 for his second victory of the day. The Serbian had upset No.8 seed Ivo Karlovic 6-2 5-7 7-6(4) in his quarter-final match earlier on Saturday.
No.3 seed Alison Riske remained on course to successfully defend her title, defeating Katy Dunne 6-7(7) 6-4 6-1 in the quarter-finals and qualifier Caty McNally 6-0 6-4 in the semi-finals to book her place in the final against 2017 champion Magdalena Rybarikova.
Rybarikova was in scintillating form in her two matches on Saturday, defeating Heather Watson 6-4 6-4 and No.2 seed Tatjana Maria 6-4 6-2 to advance to the final.
“The smallest margins made the difference today. I felt in the first set I was the better player, I had a lot of chances but wasn’t able to take any and then when she had her chance she took it straight away,” said Watson.
“Overall I am happy with my matches this week, particularly with how I’m striking the ball as I didn’t expect to be hitting it so well this early on in the grass court season. It was also great to get through to the doubles final, I have got lots of matches under my belt this week.”
Doubles top seeds Marcel Granollers and Ben McLachlan overcame Luke Bambridge, last year’s winner here with Jonny O’Mara, and Marcus Daniell 6-4 7-6(3) to reach the doubles final where they will face Soonwoo Kwon and Ramkumar Ramanathan, who defeated wildcards Evans and Lloyd Glasspool 6-4 6-7(3) 10-4 in their semi-final.