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Surbiton | Wins for Dunne, Watson, Evans and Ward

Britain’s Katy Dunne, Dan Evans and Heather Watson got their 2019 grass court campaigns off to winning starts on an action-packed third day at the Surbiton Trophy while victory for James Ward ensured he advanced to the third round.

I think I handled the nerves and pressure well. I was pretty focused, concentrating on doing all of my jobs, being aggressive and taking one point at a time and it worked, Katie Dunne

Wildcard Dunne recorded a 6-3 6-3 victory over qualifier Ankita Raina, a player ranked 92 places above her, to advance to the second round where she will face Tereza Smitkova, who upset No.8 seed Vitalia Diatchenko 6-4 6-3 in her opening match.

“I think I handled the nerves and pressure well. I was pretty focused, concentrating on doing all of my jobs, being aggressive and taking one point at a time and it worked,” said Dunne.

Watson will join her compatriot in the next round after she overcame Evgeniya Rodina 6-4 6-1 in exactly an hour.

“Considering that was my first match on grass this season I was extremely happy with the way I played,” said Watson. “I didn’t expect to be playing as good as I was today as it normally takes time to get used to a new surface.”

On the men’s side No.4 seed Evans defeated Ruben Bemelmans 6-4 6-4 while Ward came back from a set down to upset No.12 seed Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4.

“I was pleased with the way I played today. He is a good grass court player and has qualified for Wimbledon a few times so it was a great match to start off the grass court season and especially against a lefty, they can be tough and difficult,” said Evans.

Former world No. 12 Viktor Troicki knocked top seed Ugo Humbert out of the tournament after he recorded a 6-7(5) 6-0 6-3 victory over the Frenchman, while 2017 Fever-Tree champion Feliciano Lopez battled past Daniel Brands 5-7 6-3 6-4 to set up a third-round clash with 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic.

There were defeats for Britain’s Maia Lumsden, who fell 6-1 6-4 to Madison Brengle, lucky loser Alastair Gray, who was defeated by Soonwoo Kwon 6-2 7-5, and Brydan Klein, also a lucky loser, who suffered a 6-3 6-3 defeat at the hands of No.9 seed Brayden Schnur.



1 Comment

  1. Barbara Quick

    Pretty good results for our players overall, I think. 😊


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