Dunne, Watson and Evans advance to quarterfinals at Surbiton Trophy
(June 6, 2019) Great Britain’s Katy Dunne, Heather Watson and Dan Evans all won their matches on Thursday at the Surbiton Trophy to reach the quarterfinals.
Dunne provided another upset when she took out Tereza Smitkova, a player raked 140 places above her, 6-4, 6-4 on Court 1 and will now face reigning champion Alison Riske for a spot in the semifinals.
“I had to be really calm and on my job. She’s an aggressive player and she can serve really well which makes it tough on grass so I was more focused on what I needed to do and tried to be aggressive when I could,” said Dunne.
Watson battled back from 0-4 down in the opening set to defeat Madison Brengle 6-4 6-2 and set up a quarter-final clash against No.5 seed and 2017 winner Magdalena Rybarikova.
“I’m so pleasantly surprised by how well I’ve started the grass court season as coming from clay every year is a really tough transition,” said Heather. “I’ve known Maddie for a long time, we trained together in America for many years so we know each other well and I really respect her as a player. She’s very solid so I knew I’d have to play really well today to beat her and I did.”
The other women’s quarterfinals will see top seed Alison van Uytvanck take on qualifier Caty McNally while No.2 seed Tatjana Maria will face Yanina Wickmayer.
On the men’s side there was a victory for No.4 seed Evans over Australia’s Alex Bolt 5-7, 6-2, 6-0. Evans’ quarter-final opponent will be No.10 seed Marcel Granollers, who ended Bernard Tomic’s hopes in straight sets in the third round.
No.5 seed Denis Kudla defeated James Ward 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and will now play Matthias Bachinger for a semi-final spot. There were also wins for No.8 seed Ivo Karlovic over 2017 Fever-Tree Champion Feliciano Lopez and Viktor Troicki, who knocked out No.14 seed Peter Polansky.