Britain’s Harriet Dart stuns Elina Svitolina in Indian Wells thriller

Harriet Dart came back from a set down to produce on of the shocks of the tournament as she knocked out Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.

The match appeared to be heading in one direction as the world number 18 broke the Brit four times in the opening set to win 6-2. 

However, Dart rallied and produced three breaks of her own before claiming the second set with an ace.

The world number 122 took a sensational 3-0 lead in the decider, but Svitolina responded as she looked for a response of her own.

Despite her efforts, it was Dart who powered to victory, winning the match 2-6 6-3 6-3 in a contest which lasted for a gruelling two hours and 17 minutes.

Harriet Dart (GBR) returns the ball during the first round WTA National Bank Open match on August 9, 2021

Kaia Kanepi will face Dart next after the Estonian needed just 81 minutes to upset 22nd seed Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-3.

Liam Broady, meanwhile, failed to progress past the first round despite taking a set off Miomir Kecmanovic.

The Serbian has now won both his encounters against Broady following the 6-4 4-6 6-4 encounter in California on Friday.

Earlier, Emma Raducanu progressed with a three-set win over former world number four Caroline Garcia and Andy Murray showed all his famed fighting qualities as he shrugged off a nightmare first set to beat Taro Daniel and lift the Scot alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in earning 700 tour-level victories.

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