Harriet Dart defeated Kimberly Birrell and qualified for the Australian Open | Tennis news

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Dart becomes the sixth British player to compete in the Australian Open, which starts Monday, alongside Emmy Raducan, Heather Watson, Andy Murray, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans; Liam Broady will face Roman Safiullin in the final round of qualifying on Friday morning

Last update: 14/01/22 6:58

Harriet Dart defeated Kimberly Birrell and qualified for the Australian Open |  Tennis news

Harriet Dart secured a place in the main event by winning her last qualifier

Harriet Dart qualified to enter the Australian Open for the third time in four years when she defeated Kimberly Birrell and secured a place in the main event in Melbourne Park.

The British troika overcame the Australian wild card 6-3 6-3 in the last round and qualified for the grand slam tournament for the fifth time in their career.

Dart, in 125th place in the world rankings, showed the Italian Federica Di Sarro and Alycia Parks of the American earlier in the week before he defeated Birrell in an hour and 47 minutes.

“I’m just super happy and glad I’m done,” she said. “I always knew it would be a really tough match. We are good friends and we trained a lot together, but we didn’t really play any match.”

“I think I benefited from playing here last week, I played three matches under these conditions. I think I had the experience of having been here twice, so I definitely think it helped me today. “

Dart won 25 of 38 points in the first serve, compared to Birrell’s 14 of 35, saving five out of nine breaks in front of six of 13 opponents, ending with 26 unforced errors compared to 36 Australians and gaining 60 percent points on the first return. only 34 percent.

Andrew Castle feels that Emma Raducanu needs to be rebuilt after her historic victory at the US Open.  The British were drawn against American Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open

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Andrew Castle feels that Emma Raducanu needs to be rebuilt after her historic victory at the US Open. The British were drawn against American Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open

Andrew Castle feels that Emma Raducanu needs to be rebuilt after her historic victory at the US Open. The British were drawn against American Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open

The 25-year-old failed in the first round of qualifying for the tournament last year, in 2020 she reached the second round, where she was defeated by Simona Halepová, and lost to Maria Šarapová during her debut in the first round in 2019..

“It shows that I no longer have to be qualified and try to get to a position where I can be right, because playing three matches against good players is never easy.”

Dart becomes the sixth British player to take part in the tournament, which starts on Monday, along with Emma Raducan, Heather Watson, Andy Murray, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans.

Liam Broady can join the group if the British men’s four beat Russia’s Roman Safiullin in his final qualifying on Friday morning.

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