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Harriet Dart advances to the Nottingham Open second round
In a comfortable win, Harriet Dart secured her place in the Nottingham Open second round by defeating Rebecca Marino of Canada. Currently ranked 143rd, Dart is among five players who could potentially end up as the British women’s number one.
The Battle for Number One Spot
Katie Boulter recently replaced Emma Raducanu at the top spot this week and will face compatriot Emily Appleton in round one. Katie Swan and Jodie Burrage are also scheduled to play on Tuesday before Wimbledon commences.
Boulter currently holds the world ranking of 126th while Raducanu is currently out of action due to hand and ankle surgery with a rank of 128th. On the other hand, Burrage and Swan hold ranks of 131st and 134th respectively.
Heather Watson won her match yesterday but sits lower in rankings at position #195; however, she still has an opportunity to regain top spot if she manages to reach the final stage.
A Promising Start For Boulter
Been mulling over whether I was going to post this today.” “It’s not my highest ranking nor my best career moment however someone reminded me today that this little girl would be proud if I told her she would be British number one day.” Katie Boulter wrote on Instagram after becoming Britain’s newest tennis starlet when she became number one since its inception back in ’75. Although being British number one isn’t her main goal right now, it shows promise towards achieving greater things ahead for herself.
Boulter became the 23rd woman to become British number one since the rankings began in 1975 and needs to reach at least the quarter-finals in Nottingham to have a chance of retaining her spot.
Murray’s Next Move
Andy Murray will also be playing fresh from his win at Surbiton last week. The three-time Grand Slam champion is looking forward to building on his win before Wimbledon commences on July 3. He took part in light practice yesterday with coach Ivan Lendl by his side.
Other Players To Watch Out For
Britain’s Arthur Fery, Jan Choinski, Ryan Peniston and George Loffhagen are all scheduled to play today as well. Play at the Nottingham Tennis Centre began on time despite unfortunate events taking place earlier this morning within city limits where multiple people were killed due to knife and van attacks.