Harriet Dart lost to Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-0 6-0, in the Australian Open first round earlier this year. In an interview to Daily Mail ahead of Wimbledon, the British player said it did not take too long to accept the loss.
"She has done it to many people — I won't be the last to feel like that. I think my emotions got the better of me at the end. But it was an experience and something I learnt a lot from. I didn't play great, I think I was a bit overwhelmed by how big the arena was, the conditions, the noise you face when you play a multiple Slam champion — it is like you are playing in their country, with a Fed Cup vibe.
I have learnt from all of it. But I also think it is important to remember I qualified to be there — I won three matches to make it into the draw — and I deserved my place." . Dart has big memories from The Championships as a fan: "The old story goes that my mum was playing on Court One at the Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club (in Hampstead) two weeks before I was due,' she says.
'My dad actually met her there at the club as well. As a family we have always been involved with tennis. My mum is a member of the All England Club, so I have been going there for years for one reason or another. I must have been nine the first time I went to the Championships.
It is funny, I was there in the crowd when Andy Murray won his first singles title against Novak Djokovic. Brilliant. I was also there when Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick in that crazy final."