Mixed day for Brits at Eastbourne

Norrie got the better of Evans in the first round of the Australian Open.

Cameron Norrie (100/1 – Wimbledon Outright) booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Eastbourne International on Wednesday with a convincing straight-sets victory over Brandon Nakashima, but fellow Brit Dan Evans has crashed out.

World number 12 Norrie is the top seed at Devonshire Park LTC and he made lightwork of disposing of American qualifier Nakashima, as he came through 6-4 6-2 to claim his first grass-court victory of the year after he fell at the first hurdle at Queen’s last week.

Norrie, who will be the ninth seed at Wimbledon, had looked on course to face compatriot Evans in the quarter-finals, but the British men’s number two suffered a second-round defeat to Maxime Cressy later on Wednesday, going down 7-6 6-4.

In the women’s tournament it was a good day for Harriet Dart, who won not one, but two matches to reach her second quarter-final in a WTA Event.

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Dart first had to conclude her second-round match with 10th seed Jil Teichmann after the contest had been halted on Tuesday due to bad light, with the 25-year-old prevailing in the final set to come through 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

The world number 103 then returned to court a few hours later to squeeze past Marta Kostyuk 6-4 2-6 6-4 and set up a quarter-final clash with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

Kvitova had earlier ended the hopes of another Brit, Katie Boulter, coming back from dropping the opening set to prevail 5-7 6-0 7-5 in the third round.

It was also the end of the road for Jodie Burrage, the British wildcard had stunned top seed Paula Badosa in round two, but she was comprehensively beaten 6-1, 6-2 by Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.

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