‘I’m much happier’: Harriet Dart thrives after ending ‘toxic’ relationship

Harriet Dart revealed that coming out of a toxic relationship has helped her thrive on the pitch this season.

The 25-year-old broke into the top 100 for the first time earlier this year and has been in impressive form on grass, reaching the quarter-finals in Nottingham last week and following that up with her maiden win at the main draw in six attempts. at the Rothesay Classic Birmingham on Monday.

Dart, currently ranked 106, showed her confidence on the grass with an emphatic 6-2 6-0 win over world number 61 Camila Osorio, breaking the Colombian’s demoralized serve six times.

Dart’s strong results have helped her believe she belongs at the top level, but the changes in her life away from the pitch have been just as significant.

“I went through a really bad personal time that wasn’t a fun time in my life last year and I really had to work on a lot of things,” she said.

“I’m much happier now, I have a good boyfriend now, which is good. I went through a bad relationship, it was very toxic, and I believe if you’re happier off the pitch, you’re happier on the pitch. It’s like any job, if you bring things from home to work, it’s very difficult.

“I definitely feel like I belong a lot more. In previous years, I had good results, but I lost some pretty close matches.

“To be able to go through a tight game last week against a good player like Camila Giorgi, especially when she had good results on grass. It’s not just about doing well here, it’s about doing well all over year. I feel like I have taken steps in this direction.

Dart’s reward is a clash with the ancient Wimbledon champion Simona Halep in the second round.

The Romanian second seed was also a comfortable winner, beating Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-4.

Simona Halep celebrates her win over Lesia Tsurenko (Zac Goodwin/PA)

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Dart and Halep have met once before, at the Australian Open two years ago when the British player performed admirably in a 6-2 6-4 loss.

“That’s another challenge,” Dart said. “I played it in Australia, Rod Laver Arena, so it’s quite different to play it on a different surface. Hopefully the crowd will be in my favour. It’s exciting to see where my game is at. She is a multiple Grand Slam champion.

Halep was playing her first match on grass since winning the Wimbledon trophy in 2019, after being sidelined by injury last year.

She expects a tough afternoon against Dart, saying, “I saw her play recently. She is doing very well so it will be difficult.

“On grass it’s different, everything is different and she’s used to it, she’s from here, so it’s going to be a big challenge, but I’m here just to play the best I can and do my best. is all I ask.

The event’s downgrade to the smallest category on the WTA Tour coupled with Emma Raducanu’s injury absence gave the tournament, which celebrates its 40th anniversary, a more low-key feel than normal.

Croatian Donna Vekic, Serbian loser Aleksandra Krunic and American Lauren Davis were the other day one main draw winners.

‘I’m much happier’: Harriet Dart thrives after ending ‘toxic’ relationship

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