Britain’s Katy Dunne reaches quarter-finals of Aegon GB Pro-Series Gloucester

After day two of the main draw at Oxstalls Sports Park, Katy Dunne is flying the flag for the Brits, having reached the last eight.

In her first year out of juniors Katy Dunne, a former top 9 world ranked junior, has already collected two singles titles as well as two doubles titles and climbed over 450 places in the WTA rankings in the last six months to reach a career high of 506.

In Wednesday’s second round match against Katie Boulter, the current 10thranked junior player in the world, Dunne took charge of the match from the outset racing to a 5-0 lead and serving out the first set 6-1 in 33 minutes. The elder Brit continued her dominance in the second set, claiming four consecutive games. Having held serve throughout the match Dunne served out the match and claimed victory on her first match point to secure her place in Thursday’s quarter-final.

Dunne was on course to meet the second seed, Britain’s Jade Windley in the quarter-finals, however, a spirited performance from lucky loser Nora Niedmers, from Germany, created the biggest upset of the day. A closely fought first set saw the German get a crucial break of serve in the tenth game to take a 64 lead. In the second set, with the physio called to court for Windley, the German continued her run of games winning four in a row from 2-2 to clinch a 64 62 victory.

The top seed, Japan’s Hiroko Kuwata, had a straight forward passage to the quarter-finals with a 61 62 over Britain’s Lucy Brown. Kuwata’s opponent in the last eight is the sixth seed, Sviatlana Pirazhenka from Belarus, who overcame a tough fight from Britain’s Harriet Dart to come through in three sets, 61 46 63.

The quarter-final line up for Thursday is completed with third seed Bernada Pera (USA) taking on un-seeded Justine Ozga (GER) and seventh seed Klaartje Liebens (BEL) facing fourth seed Anna-Guilia Remondina (ITA).

The quarter-finals kick off at 10am on Thursday, with the doubles semi-finals scheduled in the afternoon. Entry is free to spectators.

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