After a fantastic comeback against Russia’s Anna Blinkova on day five, Laura Robson was unable to match yesterday’s performance and was beaten by Belgium’s 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, sending the Olympic silver medallist out of the competition. Fellow Brit Marcus Willis unfortunately had the same luck. Despite winning the first set, he was beaten by Australian Sam Groth 5-7, 7-6, 6-3.
It wasn’t all misery for the British stars, as Jay Clarke, who heads to the Wimbledon qualifying next week, managed to beat Ukrainian Illya Marchenko to become the last Brit standing in singles. Clarke won in two sets with a final score of 5-7, 7-6, 6-3. He commented on the biggest win of his career so far,
“I’ve been playing quite well now for a few months, I’ve been working on a few things so it’s really nice that these wins are starting to come. I’ve not played many challengers and I’ve done quite well now in the first few I’ve played.”
It was also an excellent day for Britain in the men’s doubles, as Brydan Klein and Joe Salisbury beat Thai twins Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.