Harriet Dart began Wimbledon by capturing her first Grand Slam win in front of the Duchess of Cambridge. On Thursday, without Kate Middleton in the stands, the Brit won again to take out Beatriz Haddad Maia, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-1.
It's time to get to know a little bit more about the new Brit in town.
With her ranking of No. 182, Dart needed a wild card to enter Wimbledon. She's been ranked as high as No. 92, and her doubles ranking is No. 112. She's the fourth-highest British player on the WTA tour behind Johanja Konta, Heather Watson and Katie Boulter. She qualified for the Australian Open this year and faced off against her idol Maria Sharapova but won zero games.
She has won four singles ITF World Tour titles, the biggest being at the $25,000 level. The 22-year-old holds 14 ITF doubles titles, including three $60,000s. Last year at Wimbledon, she and Jay Clarke enjoyed a dream run to the semifinals of mixed doubles. In April, she suited up for Great Britain in Fed Cup action, playing solely doubles.
Speaking of doubles, Venus Williams asked her to play Birmingham together. The unexpected duo fell in the first round in a deciding tiebreaker, but Dart more then held her own.
"We had a blast," Williams saids. "She is clearly very passionate about the game and is putting the work in and, as a young person, it takes time to figure out your game, figure out your strengths, figure out how to play against these players with more experience.
Raised in London, Dart has taken education seriously. She attended Sarum Hall primary school and then the Royal School in Hampstead, and considered university. Her mother Susie is the head of pre-prep at Arnold House School in St John’s Wood.
She won just two WTA-level main-draw matches in 2019 before this week, in Brisbane and in Nottingham. It's the first time in her career that she's won consecutive WTA matches. She'll get to face off against world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty for a spot in the fourth round.