Harriet Dart breaks down in tears after quick loss to Dalma Galfi

Harriet Dart broke down in tears after continuing the best win of her career with a quick loss to Dalma Galfi in the second round of the US Open.

Dart claimed her first win over a top-10 player by beating Daria Kasatkina in round one, but was swept aside by Hungary’s Galfi 6-4, 6-0 in just an hour on Wednesday.

She couldn’t hide her disappointment afterwards, revealing that she has been suffering from an illness.

“It was a lot to process from the other day,” Dart said. “I wasn’t really gaining momentum and felt pretty awful out there. It’s just disappointing to play like that in a slam. You have such highs and such lows in a week.

“I haven’t felt that good all week, but on Monday I found something. I think it took a lot out of me emotionally and physically I was pretty exhausted during this journey.

“Of course she played well and I knew that when I went into the match. She had a good start, then I came back a bit. I just couldn’t find my feet, which was a bit strange.”



If I could be Britain’s number one then that’s great, it would be a great achievement but I also know I need to win a lot more games to be in that position

Harriet Dart

Dart currently ranks 88th, three places ahead of Galfi, which gives the Brit a very good chance of reaching the third round of a Grand Slam for the second time.

But she got off to a terrible start, losing the first four games in another muggy day at Flushing Meadows, and her vulnerable serve was thrashed throughout. Dart ended the match with a record of 18 unforced errors and just three winners.

Had she won, the 26-year-old would have overtaken Emma Raducanu as the new British number one, but that will have to wait.

“If I just keep winning games and doing the right things day in and day out, good things will happen,” said Dart, who made the top 100 for the first time this spring.

“If I could be Britain’s number one then that’s great, it would be a great achievement but I also know I need to win a lot more games to be in that position.

“My main aim is to make sure I’m a leading man in Australia and hopefully sit higher than I do now. But at the same time, it’s about not trying to play too many tournaments.

“I feel like this year has been a really good learning year for me as I’ve played a pretty busy schedule. I will do a lot of things differently next year.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/harriet-dart-new-york-daria-kasatkina-lta-british-b2157140.html Harriet Dart breaks down in tears after quick loss to Dalma Galfi

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