Dart Triumphs to Set Up Elena Rybakina Clash at Eastbourne

Dart Triumphs to Set Up Elena Rybakina Clash at Eastbourne

British tennis star Harriet Dart secured a thrilling victory over Marie Bouzkova, earning a second-round match against top seed Elena Rybakina at the Eastbourne International.

Fueled by the enthusiastic home crowd, Dart made an impressive comeback from a double break down in both the first and second sets, ultimately clinching a 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4 victory. The match, which lasted nearly three and a half hours, showcased Dart’s resilience and determination.

This win marks Dart’s most significant victory of the year by ranking, as she is currently 68 places below Bouzkova, the Czech player ranked 37th in the world. On Wednesday, Dart will face former Wimbledon champion and world number four Rybakina, who received a bye in the first round.

Despite the scorching sun on Eastbourne’s center court, Dart managed to rally from an early double break down in the first set to level the score at 4-4, eventually breaking Bouzkova again to secure the set.

The second set saw Dart trailing 4-1 before staging another remarkable comeback. Bouzkova, a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 2022, managed to force a tie-break and ultimately took the set.

In the decisive third set, both players exchanged breaks early on, but Dart broke again and held her serve to win the match. Dart’s victory adds to the excitement for British tennis fans, as she joins fellow Brits Katie Boulter, Emma Raducanu, and Lily Miyazaki in the women’s singles draw at Eastbourne.

In other British tennis news, Billy Harris advanced past fellow wildcard Jacob Fearnley with a 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) win. Harris, who recently broke into the world’s top 150 after reaching his first ATP Tour quarter-final at Queen’s Club, will face newly crowned Queen’s champion Tommy Paul next. Both Harris and Fearnley will make their Grand Slam debuts at Wimbledon starting July 1.

In men’s doubles action, Britain’s Lloyd Glasspool and his Dutch partner Jean-Julien Rojer triumphed over Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski with a nail-biting 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 17-15 victory.