Harriet Dart and Farris Gosea are the only Brits still alive in ITF Futures action across the globe, with Dart having battled her way through to the semi-finals of the $25k event in Korea, and Gosea yet to play his quarter-final match over in Mexico.
— dunne_katy (@katydunne) May 20, 2016
Good to see Katy Dunne into a $50k ITF QF in Japan. Its on grass (not sure quality) too so good practice for UK grass season.
— Chris Goldsmith (@TheTennisTalker) May 19, 2016
Dart has played some exceptional tennis to wade through the draw, while fellow Brit Freya Christie, the fourth seed, fell by the wayside. Both Dart and Christie were able to win their first round matches, with Dart defeating Indonesian Beatrice Gumulya 7-5 7-5 and Christie stumbling past Korean Ye-Ra Lee 5-7 6-1 6-3. Christie then fell 6-4 6-3 to Thai world #566 Bunyawi Thamchaiwat while Dart marched on, claiming a stunning 6-1 6-0 victory over Korean wildcard Yeong Won Jeong.
Dart’s quarter-final match today was even more impressive: up against the 7th seed Fatma Al Nabhani of Oman, Dart dismantled her opponent, winning five out of six close games and claiming five breaks of serve without reply, winning 6-2 6-1 to set up a semi-final clash with So-Ra Lee of Korea, the second seed. Dart is the huge underdog for that match, but will be delighted with a 18-point haul so far this week.
It’s worth mentioning Katy Dunne’s achievements this week at the $50k event in Japan. Unseeded, the Brit came past Japanese Miyabi Inoue 7-5 6-2 in the first round before kncoking out the seventh seed Makoto Ninomaya, also of Japan, in the second round. It was only the second seed, Nigina Abduraimova of Uzbekistan, that was able to send Dunne packing, although the Brit put up a good fight, losing out 6-4 6-3 in a closely fought tussle.
The only other Brit to have survived into late Friday night is Farris Gosea, but this is partially due to the time zone at the $10k in Mexico: most Brits have already played their quarter-final matches, while Gosea must wait a little longer to confirm whether or not he’ll be in the semi-finals come daybreak tomorrow. The Brit has done well, though, coming through qualifying before picking up two straight sets victories for his first ATP points since July last year. Gosea came past Hans Hach of Mexico and Mico Santiago of the United States with identical 6-3 6-3 scorelines, and now faces Luis Patino, another Mexican, for a place in the semis. Gosea defeated Patino 6-3 6-3 at a $15k in Mexico back in 2014 – could the Brit make it a trio of 3&3 victories?
Elsewhere, all the Brits involved in the Turkey $10k were eliminated before the quarter-finals: Joshua Paris fell in his first round match, while Ewen Lumsden couldn’t grab a second ATP point after defeat in the second round 6-3 6-1 to Simeon Rossier of Switzerland. Maia Lumsden also fell in the second round, losing 6-4 6-3 to second seed Melis Sezer of Tunisia, while Francesca Stephenson came past Belorussian fourth seed Sadafmoh Tolibova 6-0 6-3 before inexplicably losing to unranked Canadian qualifier Marie Leduc 6-2 6-2 in today’s quarter-finals.
In Tunisia, Dan Dowson couldn’t build on his first round victory after the fifth seed Carlos Taberner promptly ended his hopes with a 6-1 6-1 defeat in round two. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Francesca Jones, who picked up her first WTA point with a first round victory, fell not disgracefully 6-2 6-3 to French fifth seed Audrey Albie.
Finally, in Europe, Toby Martin couldn’t build on a first win in five in Croatia, although a very decent 7-5 6-3 defeat to Italian second seed Riccardo Bellotti suggests his form is improving, while in Portugal, both Jonny O’Mara and Scott Clayton reached the quarter-finals before falling. Both players beat Portuguese qualifiers in round one before Clayton defeated French eighth seed Mick Lescure 6-1 7-5 in a highly impressive performance in the second. O’Mara joined him with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Michael Grant of the United States. O’Mara almost upset second seed Erik Crepaldi in the quarter-finals, pushing the Italian all the way before eventually succumbing to a 6-4 4-6 6-3 defeat, while Clayton bowed out with a little less resistance to third seed Joao Domingues of Portugal, 6-1 6-2.
SF: Harriet Dart (Korea $25k)
QF: [Q] Farris Gosea (Mexico $10k); Katy Dunne (Japan $50k); Scott Clayton, Jonny O’Mara (Portugal $10k); Francesca Stephenson (Turkey $10k)
R2:  Freya Christie (Korea $25k); Toby Martin (Croatia $10k); Dan Dowson, Francesca Jones (Tunisia $10k); Maia Lumsden, [Q] Ewen Lumsden (Turkey $10k)
R1: Jazzamay Drew, Joshua Paris, [Q] Imran Aswat (Turkey $10k); [SE] Amanda Carreras (Italy $25k)
FQR: [q11] Luke Oakley (Croatia $10k); [q7] George Davies (Israel $10k); Matthew Chadwick (Turkey $10k); [q5] Dylan Gee (Algeria $10k), Lisa Phillips (Turkey $10k)
QR2: Martin Baker, [q5] Jovana Knezevic (Croatia $10k); Marcus Walters (Portugal $10k); Max Stewart (Spain $10k); James Allemby (Tunisia $10k)
QR1: Rhett Purcell (China $25k); Daniel Gunn (Bulgaria $10k); Zak Khan (Spain $10k); [q1] Mirabelle Njoze (Tunisia $10k)