Harriet Dart, Katie Swan to Highlight the Draw in Nottingham
The grass court swing kick-starts this week, with the 2019 WTA Nottingham set to be the first tournament in action. The event will take place in the same week as the Libema Open and will feature many rising British players in action. Let’s take a look at some of these matches for Monday, June 10.
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Harriet Dart v Vera Lapko Preview
This will be a classic battle of two 20-something, upcoming players on the WTA Tour. Dart will be hoping to build on her fairly good stint on the ITF circuit. This is only going to be the third time that she has made it to the main draw of a WTA competition.
With a win-loss record of 15-8, the Brit has made it to the semifinal in the ITF Croissy-Beaubourg and the final in Sunderland. Currently ranked in the mid 130s, she is yet to truly make an impact on the tour. Lapko too has had a very similar run except she focussed mainly on the WTA Tour. The Belarusian mostly lost in the early rounds, barring the WTA Lugano where she made it to the quarterfinal.
Tip: Over 16.5 games in the match. (888Sport).
Bernarda Pera v Katie Swan Preview
This is set to be another intriguing match between two young guns. Pera has had a season to be proud of, having just won an ITF event in Slovakia. She also reached the semifinal in WTA Prague – one of her best runs on the WTA Tour.
As for Swan, she is ranked in the early 200s and the 20-year-old will be hoping to make some improvement on that front. Playing mainly on the ITF tour, she has reached the penultimate rounds on many occasions and will certainly fancy her chances against Pera.
However, Swan isn’t as experienced as her American-Croatian adversary and things may get a bit difficult.
Tip: Pera to win in three sets (888Sport).
Caroline Garcia v Naiktha Bains Preview
Naiktha Bains is a player who is pretty much in the same profile as her other compatriots in action on Monday. Young and gunning for victories, she has been handed a very tough draw against the veteran Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia.
The Brit got a wildcard following her fairly decent performance on the ITF circuit. The odds are stacked against her and the best she can do here is get some experience against a fairly prolific player. Garcia, most recently, reached the final in Strasbourg following what has been a pretty shaky start to the season.
Tip: Three sets in the match. (888Sport).