After one of the best victories of her career at the US Open, Harriet Dart is now one win away from dethroning Emma Raducana from the British No. 1 position.
The fact that she was able to do so under former coach Radukan may seem ironic to some, but it is nonetheless far from coincidental that in Andy Murray’s father-in-law Niger Sears, the 26-year-old Dart has found a partnership that works.
Working with Sears, which followed Raducanu’s Round of 16 run at last year’s Wimbledon, Dart broke into the WTA top 100 in March since the start of the year after reaching the round of 16 at Indian Wells and finishing 88th. overtake Radukana by defeating Dalma Gulfi on Wednesday.
“It’s a combination of things,” Dart said when asked what has changed this year. “I started working with a new coach in January and I always knew that I had reached my level. It was only a question of constantly producing it.
“I think the big week for me was in Indian Wells. Being able to consistently beat really great players has shown me that you just have to put it all together.”
In addition to her strong partnership with her coach, earlier this year Dart talked about how turning away from a “very toxic” relationship and finding the “nice guy” in software engineer and model Steven Falk led to increased productivity.
“Last year I went through a very bad personal time that was not a fun time in my life. I really had to work on a lot of things,” she said in June, having previously referred to 2021 as a “roller coaster” on Instagram, when she thanked her “closest and dearest for sticking with me through the dark times (oh my, their there were quite a few). !!)”.
She continued, “Now I’m much happier, I now have a nice boyfriend and it’s nice. I had bad relationships, they were very toxic, and I believe that if you are happy off the court, you are happier on the court.
“Like any job, if you bring things from home to work, it’s very difficult. I definitely feel like I belong to so much more.”
Dart reveals that she belongs to New York. She beat No. 10 seed Daria Kasatkina in the first round at Flushing Meadows, winning 7-6 (10-8) 1-6 6-3, and that win – against a player with two titles to her name in 2022 – is coming way down. this is her first top 10 win to date and her sixth win over a top 50 player this year.
Harriet Dart’s best Grand Slam results
- Australian Open – R2 (2020)
- French Open – R1 (2022)
- Wimbledon – P3 (2019)
- US Open – R2 (2022*)
* will face Dalma Galfi in the second round on Wednesday
The fact that she did it because she didn’t qualify for the Canadian Open and the Cincinnati Masters is a testament to Dart’s resilience, and with Galfi three places below her, a third round spot is certainly achievable. .
“The last few weeks have been a bit difficult for me, I didn’t have the best results and my game didn’t add up, so I was just really happy that I was able to do it. [against Kasatkina]Dart added.
“It was pretty wild, one of the best wins of my career. This year I set a big goal for myself – to get into the main draw of the US Open and win at least one match, so I did it now and I’m very happy about it.
Dart admits she doesn’t know much about Galfi’s opponent in the second round, but has practiced a couple of times with the Hungarian, who she says has a good serve and “is there for a reason.”
Dart is currently ranked 82nd in the WTA live rankings and will be in the top 80 if Galfi wins and will be in the top 70 if he gets to the fourth round. Meanwhile, Radukanu is projected to take 80th place after the US Open, but she will drop a few more places if her compatriot – and other contenders still in the draw – continue their runs.
For Radukan, who is only 19 years old, this is a seemingly long-awaited “clean slate” after her soar in the rankings 12 months ago, while for Dart she hopes this steady growth will continue after a year when she made it to the main draw of all four tournaments. claps for the first time.