Britons Emma Raducanu, Harriet Dart and Katie Boulter advanced to the US Open qualifying final round under brutal conditions in New York on Thursday, but Fran Jones, Jodie Anna Burrage, Samantha Murray Sharan and Liam Broady failed failed to qualify and were edged out of competition for a place in the main draw.
With temperatures reaching around 35 degrees and high humidity, the group of seven Britons fought hard and long, struggling for survival but with varying rewards.
Raducanu, 18, seeded 31, made the easier passage, winning in straight sets against tenacious Mariam Bolkvadze of Georgia.
While she lost just 3 games in the first set, Bolkvadze pushed her hard in the second before the British No.3 broke through for a 6-3 7-5 win after a brutal 97 fight. minutes.
At times the two seemed out of breath after the long rallies, but it was Raducanu who showed more determination, escaping 0-30 in his penultimate serve game to ultimately defeat his more experienced opponent.
The No.31 seed has yet to lose a set in qualifying and has been efficient on serve and return.
Against Bolkvadze, the 18-year-old lost just 2 service matches, where she recorded 3 aces and landed 73% of her first serves, while in her 2 wins so far, Raducanu has beaten her opponents 9 times in total.
She then played a final qualifying match against 4th seed Mayar Sherif, who recently became the first Egyptian woman to make her Top 100 debut after reaching the final in Cluj-Napoca, and defeated Yuliya Hatouka from Belarus, 6-4 6- 4.
Dart also beat Italy’s Lucrezia Stefanini, 7-6 (1) 7-6 (5), the first set with 10 service breaks, and the No.4 Briton faces 12th seed Viktoriya Tomova. Bulgarian.
Boulter needed 3 sets to beat No. 24 seed of Russia Vitalia Diatchenko, winning 6-2 5-7 6-4, and she now faces Slovakian Kristina Kucova.
The No. 8 seed, who played her first WTA singles final in Gdynia this summer, outlasted American Hanna Chang, 7-5 7-6 (5).
The trio of other Britons, however, suffered losses, with Jones descending to Jaqueline Adina Cristian, the No. 26 seed from Romania, 6-4 6-4; Burrage pushing Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele, the 18th seed, to the limit before being capped at the post, 3-6 6-4 7-6 (4); and Murray Sharan almost outsmarted the delicate Monica Niculescu, also Romanian, before losing 6-4 3-6 6-3.
In the men’s qualification, the No. 25 seed Broady also saw his hopes dashed by Argentina’s Marco Trungelliti, who won 6-4 6-4.
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Meanwhile, Ana Konjuh and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova won their second round matches, as all Top 8 seeds advanced to the final round.
Seeded Konjuh from Croatia passed Julia Grabher of Austria, 6-3 7-6 (2), in one hour and 42 minutes, and is now one win away from returning to the US Open main draw for the first time since 2017.
The second seeded Slovak Schmiedlova had a much more difficult task against the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, quarter-finalist of the US Open 2018, in a 4-6 6-3 7-5 marathon.
In a battle between former Top 30 players, Schmiedlova let a 5-1 lead in the 3rd set drop to 5-5, but broke the serve in the next game, then pushed back 4 break points into the last game before taking victory in just under 3 hours.
Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz, no.3, who made her Top 100 debut at the age of 30, defeated American Francesca Di Lorenzo, 6-1 6-2.
OcÃ©ane Dodin, France’s 5th seed, was almost upset, but ended up winning over Anna Bondar of Hungary, 3-6 7-6 (2) 6-3, after being pushed to the limit in the second set, although she never faced a match point.
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Elsewhere, No. 6 seed Greet Minnen of Belgium defeated Mai Hontama of Japan, 6-3 7-6 (3); while 7th seed Elena-Gabriela Ruse of Romania, who won her first WTA singles title in Hamburg this summer and reached another final in Palermo, beat Japan’s Kurumi Nara, 7-5 6-1.
No.9 seed Maryna Zanevska of Belgium was the highest seed to drop, ahead of Liang En-Shuo of Chinese Taipei, 7-6 (5) 6-4.
Number 10 seed Astra Sharma of Australia, who beat Ons Jabeur to his first WTA singles title earlier this year in Charleston, edged Switzerland’s Susan Bandecchi, 6-4 7-6 (4).
In addition, former Top 20 player Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania knocked out No. 30 seed Jule Niemeier of Germany, 6-3 4-6 6-0; Rebecca Marino of Canada outlived No. 19 seed Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium 6-2 4-6 6-4; and No. 11 seed Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic defeated Robin Anderson of the United States, 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-1.