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Britain’s Harriet Dart upsets World No.9 Daria Kasatkina at US Open

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Great Britain’s Harriet Dart causes major upset as she triumphs over World No.9 Daria Kasatkina at the US Open…despite being badly beaten in the second set

  • Britain’s Harriet Dart defeated Russian Daria Kasatkina 2-1 in the first round of the US Open
  • The 26-year-old had won the first set against the Russian 7-6 on Court 12
  • The second set went to Kasatkina, who dominated and won with a comfortable 6-1

Harriet Dart toiled in the terrifying late afternoon heat of the US Open and survived to take the best win of her career last night.

The 26-year-old Londoner reached deep into himself and defeated world number nine Daria Kasatkina 7-6 1-6 6-3 to reach the second round for the first time.

In the steaming heat and humidity, the Russian was the first to wither and vomit after coming back to equalize in the second set.

Harriet Dart (pictured) advances to the next round of the US Open after beating Daria Kasatkina

She led 3-2 with a break in the decider, but Dart, ranked 88, took out the last four games. With double errors and more and more casual donations, she held back her nerve to serve out the match.

Dart, who won the tiebreak 10-8, now faces Dalma Galfi from Hungary. A win would equal her best performance at a Major, the third round at Wimbledon 2019.

This is the latest step in a year of steady progression for GB’s runner-up who could even usurp Emma Raducanu, where she would lose her first round tonight.

Kasatkina was the 10th seed in the US Open who played the match against British Dart.  entered

Kasatkina was the 10th seed in the US Open who played the match against British Dart. entered

Jack Draper tried to join Dart and Andy Murray in the second round last night, but Kyle Edmund was powerless to stop the men’s number five, Casper Ruud.

The former world number 14 from Yorkshire came in via injury-protected ranking and was beaten 6-3 7-5 6-2 in the first round, quite as expected.

This was his first singles appearance at a Major in two years after three knee surgeries, and there were some encouraging signs.

Kyle Edmund was defeated in two sets by Casper Ruud, number five in the men's

Kyle Edmund was defeated in two sets by Casper Ruud, number five in the men’s

His trademark booming forehand occasionally caused trouble for the Norwegian French Open finalists, and the backlog was a bit flattering for the clear favorite.

Dart had contributed to the usual chaos in the women’s draw, which seemed to start early when one of the favourites, former Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, was eliminated.

There were emotional scenes at the Louis Armstrong Stadium after the Romanian was beaten 6-2 0-6 6-4 by Daria Snigur of Ukraine.

Daria Snigur (pictured) from Ukraine also caused a shock when she met Romania's Simona Halep .  defeated

Daria Snigur (pictured) from Ukraine also caused a shock when she met Romania’s Simona Halep . defeated

The 20-year-old qualifier, who had never played in a Grand Slam main tournament before, immediately burst into tears after hitting match point and clutched the ribbon to her chest with her country’s colors.

Ranked 124 in the world, Snigur had her training base in Kiev bombed earlier this year and played in Ukraine’s fundraiser at Flushing Meadows last week.

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