Jack Draper beats compatriot Ryan Peniston to be last Brit standing at Eastbourne as he marches into semi-finals after each Cameron Norrie and Harriet Dart misplaced their quarter-final ties
- Jack Draper beats compatriot Ryan Peniston to advance to the semi-finals
- The 20-year-old is the last singles Brit standing after defeats for Cameron Norrie and Harriet Dart
- Maxime Cressy, who defeated Dan Evans, did for Cameron Norrie on Thursday
- Harriet Dart was outclassed on Centre Court by celebrity Petra Kvitova
And then there was one. After a memorable few days for British tennis right here, now solely Jack the lad stays standing.
Jack Draper, 20, will carry the flag into the singles semi-finals after he beat compatriot Ryan Peniston on Thursday.
Earlier, each Cameron Norrie and Harriet Dart misplaced their quarter finals to gamers who’re making a behavior of gathering residence scalps. Maxime Cressy did for Dan Evans on Wednesday after which edged previous Norrie 7-5 7-5.
Jack Draper is the last singles Brit standing after successful his quarter-final tie on Thursday
Next on Centre Court, Dart was finally outclassed by Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion who beat Katie Boulter 24 hours earlier. No shame there.
For Norrie, although, this was an odd finish to his Wimbledon preparations. ‘Perfect, precisely what I wanted,’ is how he described this week.
After a solitary grass-court win, this defeat, Norrie insisted, allowed him to tailor his schedule.
The 20-year-old superior previous compatriot Ryan Peniston to arrange a semi-final date at the conventional pre-Wimbledon warm-up match
Harriet Dart (r) shakes the hand of Petra Kvitova after being defeated by the Pole at Eastbourne
But for all of Cressy’s energy and deftness, shedding to the world No 60 hardly appears like a blessing. Not with Norrie about to guide the British cost at SW19.
‘I do not know why I get requested a lot about the being British No 1. For me it isn’t the greatest deal in the world,’ he mentioned. ‘Obviously, it is nice to be British No 1… it’s extremely cool, however doesn’t imply something.’
Hardly a rallying cry to Aorangi Terrace. Has anybody provide you with a very good title for when he is on courtroom? Norrie’s knoll, maybe? ‘No, simply maintain it conventional,’ he mentioned.
‘It’s very cool to be main all the British guys in the rankings, however I’m simply specializing in making an attempt to go deep in Wimby.’
The two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova appears in ominous type forward of the match subsequent week
Cameron Norrie is nonetheless trying to find his first title on grass after shedding to Maxime Cressy of the USA in straight units
This was the world No 12’s second Eastbourne quarter-final and his second defeat. He nonetheless awaits a primary title on grass. Draper stays in the hunt right here after he beat Peniston, who reached the quarter finals with victory over Pedro Martinez earlier in the day.
Against Draper, Peniston broke early in each units, just for the 20-year-old to twice wrest again management. It ended 6-3 6-3.
On Friday, Draper will face Cressy and study his first-round destiny at Wimbledon. On debut last 12 months, he confronted Novak Djokovic.
‘I used to be in Aorgani Park watching it on the large display screen,’ he recalled. ‘Hopefully this time I will probably be on courtroom when it occurs so I’m not getting nervous.’
Draper added: ‘I positively consider in my capability and my game to beat the greatest gamers in the world, particularly on grass. I’ll go to Wimbledon assured whoever I play… there is little question I can go far subsequent week however at the identical time there are numerous issues that have to fall into place.’
Maxime Cressy exhibited energy and deftness in his 7-5 7-5 victory over Brit Cameron Norrie