Gabi Taylor and Dan Evans have both reached the quarter-final stage of the Surbiton Trophy, after both players recorded comfortable straight-sets victories.
After beating Heather Watson yesterday, Taylor showed why she is a player to watch for British fans by defeating Hungarian Fanny Stollar 6-2 6-3. The Brit powered through the opening set in just 26 minutes, winning 83% of her first service points and not facing a single break point.
In the second set, Taylor cruised to 3-0 lead where she broke her opponent’s service game twice. And after handing a break back to Stollar, Taylor showed just how far she has progressed this year, taking her first match point on the Hungarian’s serve.
Taylor will now face Conny Perrin for a place in the semi-finals, after the Swiss player defeated lucky loser Nadja Gilchrist 6-1 3-6 6-3.
Elsewhere in the women’s draw, there was to be no upset for Katy Dunne, who lost 7-5 6-0 to second seed Alison Riske.
Evans continues winning return on grass
Qualifier Dan Evans continued his impressive form on grass by overcoming German Mats Moraing 7-6 6-3 on Centre Court.
Evans came through a tight opening set, which saw neither player break each other’s serve, on a tie-break. The qualifier was able to take his second set point, winning the breaker 7-4, before easing past his opponent in the second set. Evans rarely looked troubled on his serve and cruised through to set up a quarter-final tie with the experienced Austrian Jurgen Melzer.
Victory for Evans brings fresh calls for the returning Brit to receive a wild card for the main draw of Wimbledon. With the exception of James Ward and Jay Clarke, there have been few outstanding British players on the ATP tour this year and Evans is starting to reel ofs some of his best tennis in London. Since his return, he has qualified in each of the three Challenger events he’s participated in and his run in Surbiton has been his best yet. It’ll be a difficult decision for the AELTC to make, especially since they turned down Maria Sharapova’s request last year. Only time will tell, but Dan is showing he is ready to return to the world’s elite once again.
Image courtesy of Kate at Flickr.