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Dart turns into sixth British participant set to compete at Australian Open, which begins Monday, alongside Emma Raducanu, Heather Watson, Andy Murray, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans; Liam Broady to face Roman Safiullin in ultimate spherical of qualifying on Friday morning
Final Up to date: 14/01/22 6:58am
Harriet Dart clinched her place in the principle match with victory in her ultimate qualifier
Harriet Dart got here via qualifying to achieve the Australian Open for the third time in 4 years as she beat Kimberly Birrell to ebook her spot in the principle match at Melbourne Park.
The British quantity three overcame the Australian wild card 6-3 6-3 within the ultimate spherical to qualify for a Grand Slam for the fifth time in her profession.Dart, ranked world 125, had seen off Italy’s Federica Di Sarra and Alycia Parks of American earlier within the week earlier than successful her decider in opposition to Birrell in a single hour and 47 minutes. “I am simply tremendous pleased and happy to be via,” she mentioned. “I at all times knew it was going to be a extremely robust match. We’re good mates and we have practiced so much collectively however by no means really performed a match.”I believe I benefited from taking part in final week right here, I bought three matches below these circumstances. I assume I’ve bought the expertise of coming via twice right here earlier than so I positively assume that helped me as we speak.”Dart gained 25 of 38 first-serve factors to Birrell’s 14 of 35, whereas saving 5 of 9 break factors to her opponents’ six of 13, ending with 26 unforced errors in comparison with the Australian’s 36 and successful 60 per cent of first return factors to simply 34 per cent. Please use Chrome browser for a extra accessible video participant Andrew Citadel feels Emma Raducanu must rebuild once more after her historic US Open win. The Brit has been drawn in opposition to USA’s Sloane Stephens within the first spherical of the Australian Open Andrew Citadel feels Emma Raducanu must rebuild once more after her historic US Open win. The Brit has been drawn in opposition to USA’s Sloane Stephens within the first spherical of the Australian Open The 25-year-old had fallen quick within the first spherical of qualifying for the match final 12 months having reached the second spherical in 2020, the place she was overwhelmed by Simona Halep, and shedding to Maria Sharapova on debut within the first spherical again in 2019.”It reveals I have to be not in qualifying any extra and attempt to put myself able the place I might be straight in, as a result of taking part in three matches in opposition to good gamers is rarely straightforward.”Dart turns into the sixth British participant set to compete within the match, which begins Monday, alongside Emma Raducanu, Heather Watson, Andy Murray, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans. Liam Broady can be part of that group ought to the British males’s quantity 4 defeat Russia’s Roman Safiullin in his ultimate qualifier on Friday morning.Do not forget to observe us on skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports activities – on the go! Accessible to obtain now on – iPhone & iPad and Android