Harriet Dart news: Indian Wells champion believes Brit is set to be a top 10 player

Harriet Dart

Former world No 4, Spaniard Paula Badosa, thinks that British Harriet Dart is destined to be a top 10 player following her successful run at Indian Wells so far this year.

Dart has made it into the round of 16 at the California-based competition and is set to face former world No 7 American Madison Keys next at the WTA 1000 event.

This was after she defeated world No 18 Elina Svitolina in the second round of the tournament after coming from a set down, and then beat Estonian Kaia Kanepi, and it’s because of performances like this which is why Badosa believes the Brit is worthy of a top 10 place.

“In WTA anything can happen, the level has improved a lot,” the 24-year-old said.

“Yesterday I was watching tennis, I saw an insane match, then you see the ranking.

“It was a girl (ranked) 120, she played like top 10 level.”

The London-born player is yet to win a WTA title, however she has won four singles titles on ITF circuit.

But it’s doubles competitions which Dart is more well-known for as she has achieved 14 doubles titles and reached the finals of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon last year with her partner Joe Salisbury.

All eyes were on Emma Raducanu ahead of the BNP Paribas Open as fans are still waiting for her to properly get going on her first full season on the WTA Tour, but she crashed out after the second round following her defeat at the hands of Petra Martic and due to complaints of a stiff back after the match.

But maybe the attention should now be turned to Dart, she is still in with a chance of progressing quite far in the Indian Wells tournament and potentially being just as successful as the Bromley local.

Watch this space Raducanu – Dart is on your tail.