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Harriet's seeded 21st and plays Chloe Paquet in Oz Open qualies.

She's also been named to the Fed Cup squad.

I wonder if Harriet can make a push to the top 100 this year. She's made a great start, and her ranking now should get her into bigger tournaments with more points. She seems very motivated.
You'd like to think she'd have a good chance of getting past Paquet, but after that it does get tougher, as you'd expect.

I think she'll have a reasonable chance of breaking in (or there or thereabouts) by the time of the grass season where there'll obviously be plenty of points yo defend. Would be great if she could make Wimbledon without the need of a wildcard.
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Harriet qualifies, and will play Sharapova in the main draw!
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Delighted for Harriet, that was done the hard way. Hope she has a great match against Pova and I'm sure she won't be disgraced.
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Ham & High not able to get a phone interview with Harriet? Just press conference quotes in this story:
https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/sport/dart...pova-1-5847865

Actually, it's worse than that, the whole piece is press agency copy or something.
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What a great start to the year. She seems really solid, I think she's going to have a great career.

Sharapova! :O I don't think Darty will win, but she will make it tough for Maria... Could be similar to this match?

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Poor Harriet. So overwhelmed by the situation, and couldn't get her serve under control, and the rest of her game suffered as a consequence.

She doesn't deserve the level of shit she's getting on the GM thread.

In the past year, she's risen from outside the top 300, to knocking on the door of the top 100. She has qualified for a slam at only her second attempt, discounting home wildcards. She's beaten a couple of top 100 players already this year.

She's not the first to be caught like a rabbit in the headlights against a mightily experienced big match player, and she won't be the last.

I hope she can take the positives from qualifying, and not get too down about this match.
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Poor Harriet. So overwhelmed by the situation, and couldn't get her serve under control, and the rest of her game suffered as a consequence.

She doesn't deserve the level of shit she's getting on the GM thread.

In the past year, she's risen from outside the top 300, to knocking on the door of the top 100. She has qualified for a slam at only her second attempt, discounting home wildcards. She's beaten a couple of top 100 players already this year.

She's not the first to be caught like a rabbit in the headlights against a mightily experienced big match player, and she won't be the last.

I hope she can take the positives from qualifying, and not get too down about this match.
All true... Her mental strength is improving week by week. She's already come along way and this match will only make her stronger and a better player. Best of luck at Fed Cup and for the rest of the year Harriet!
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Good comeback from that disappointment to win her first round doubles match with Kontaveit against an Aussie team. Our sole representative in R2 WD.

I think that's her first grand slam doubles match outside of Wimbledon, so it should feel good, and the cash (half of Oz$32500) will come in handy.
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Poor Harriet. So overwhelmed by the situation, and couldn't get her serve under control, and the rest of her game suffered as a consequence.

She doesn't deserve the level of shit she's getting on the GM thread.

In the past year, she's risen from outside the top 300, to knocking on the door of the top 100. She has qualified for a slam at only her second attempt, discounting home wildcards. She's beaten a couple of top 100 players already this year.

She's not the first to be caught like a rabbit in the headlights against a mightily experienced big match player, and she won't be the last.

I hope she can take the positives from qualifying, and not get too down about this match.
Not entirely comparable as Dart is nearly 2 years older than Birrell, she didn't get a game on the board and didn't beat someone like Vekic the round prior, plus at the time Kerber was more of a contender than Maria, but there's a huge difference in the reaction on that thread today. Dart was on court for longer than Birrell and won more points, yet it's much more of a philosophical angle on the Kerber-Birrell thread.

Will be interesting to see what she does next. May well play Shrewsbury 60k (and Glasgow 25k the following week) with her being back home for the Fed Cup.
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Dart was on court for longer than Birrell and won more points, yet it's much more of a philosophical angle on the Kerber-Birrell thread.
There have been several matches where the loser won fewer points than Dart, and / or spent less time on court, but may have got a few games. This was not a uniquely terrible performance, though it was admittedly a disappointing one.

I don't really want to wade in on threads about other one-sided matches, as I don't think the losers of those deserve the shit either, they are all doing their best. It'll soon be forgotten, with any luck. She ought to look on this tournament with some satisfaction, with career firsts in both singles and doubles.

I don't think anyone has hyped Harriet at all, in fact I think many of us have been somewhat surprised by her ongoing improvements over the past year. She wasn't a clearly talented junior of whom we had great expectations.

I think she's working hard to get the most out of herself, and with any luck, it'll pay off. I'm not expecting her to be a top player, but anyone who can play at anything approaching main tour level is a rare bird in British tennis, and Harriet is obviously getting close, regardless of her loss to Sharapova.

I guess she's having to think hard about her schedule. She's rising pretty fast, and new opportunities will be opening. It'll be a bit of a gamble about what's most useful between big ITFs and tour qualies. I get the feeling she'd rather go for the qualies when they fit into her schedule, but Fed Cup complicates matters.
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Dart was on court for longer than Birrell and won more points, yet it's much more of a philosophical angle on the Kerber-Birrell thread.
There have been several matches where the loser won fewer points than Dart, and / or spent less time on court, but may have got a few games. This was not a uniquely terrible performance, though it was admittedly a disappointing one.

I don't really want to wade in on threads about other one-sided matches, as I don't think the losers of those deserve the shit either, they are all doing their best. It'll soon be forgotten, with any luck. She ought to look on this tournament with some satisfaction, with career firsts in both singles and doubles.

I don't think anyone has hyped Harriet at all, in fact I think many of us have been somewhat surprised by her ongoing improvements over the past year. She wasn't a clearly talented junior of whom we had great expectations.

I think she's working hard to get the most out of herself, and with any luck, it'll pay off. I'm not expecting her to be a top player, but anyone who can play at anything approaching main tour level is a rare bird in British tennis, and Harriet is obviously getting close, regardless of her loss to Sharapova.

I guess she's having to think hard about her schedule. She's rising pretty fast, and new opportunities will be opening. It'll be a bit of a gamble about what's most useful between big ITFs and tour qualies. I get the feeling she'd rather go for the qualies when they fit into her schedule, but Fed Cup complicates matters.
Yeah, I was just referring to the complete contrast in replies and attitude of GM posters.

Indeed, if Harriet can get into the top 100 and do enough to stay there and get into the slams for the next 8 years or so and the odd slam / tour run, she'll have done very well. A million miles away from where she was this time last year.
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Yeah, I was just referring to the complete contrast in replies and attitude of GM posters.
Yeah, I realise, and it's weird. I wouldn't have thought Dart had registered on enough people's radar before this for her to have haters.
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Does anyone have any idea what Harriet is up to, or why she has not played (other than Fed Cup doubles) since Oz?
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