Harriet Dart could overtake Emma Raducanu as British number 1 after her biggest career win at the US Open

Harriet Dart could overtake Emma Raducanu as British number 1 after her biggest career win at the US Open

Harriet Dart could overtake Emma Raducanu as British number 1 after her biggest career win at the US Open

Harriet Dart had never won a US Open main draw game before Monday - GETTY IMAGES

Harriet Dart had never won a US Open main draw game before Monday – GETTY IMAGES

Harriet Dart took the best win of her career at the US Open and came close to potential overtaking US Open champion Emma Raducanu as British No. 1.

Dart, 26, had never won a main draw game in New York before Monday, but managed to upset world number 9 Daria Kasatkina of Russia in three grueling sets.

Despite winning the first-set tiebreak, Dart then fell behind 3-1 in the decider and tried to get out of the tournament. But she won five games in a row, fending off two break points when she served for the game, and ended the game 7-6 (8), 1-6, 6-3 with a powerful forehand down the line.

It is Dart’s best ever win by ranking and has also earned her valuable points which could see her become the British No.1 for the first time in her career by the end of the tournament.

If Raducanu were to lose his first round match on Tuesday, and with it the 2,000 points in the standings he is defending here, Dart would be 11 points short of his total and only one win away from the British top spot.

Dart then faces Dalma Galfi, world number 91, in the second round - GETTY IMAGES

Dart then faces Dalma Galfi, world number 91, in the second round – GETTY IMAGES

Dart has a good chance of delivering in his second round. She will be the favorite, ranked slightly higher than the opponent and world number 91 Dalma Galfi of Hungary.

Elsewhere on Monday Kyle Edmund suffered a two-set defeat to world number 7 Casper Ruud, in his first major singles game in two years.

During his long stint off the pitch, former British No. 1 Edmund had wondered if he would ever play again, such was the severity of his severe knee injury. His last surgery was only 11 weeks ago, but he used his protected leaderboard to get into the main draw here.

Despite the distant time, the former world number 14 fought decently against Ruud, finalist at the French Open in June. In fact, Edmund, 27, quickly went on the break in the opening and had more opportunities later in the set to take the lead, but Ruud broke it in the eighth game and held on to take the lead.

Edmund played his first single match in a major tournament for two years: USA TODAY SPORTS

Edmund played his first single match in a major tournament for two years: USA TODAY SPORTS

Edmund pushed the second set at 5-5, his forehand returned to the maximum and he moved well. But he looked rusty at key moments in the game, winning just two of the eight break points. When Ruud took the second set he was one way and in the end he won 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.

Edmund’s ability to compete again at this level will still be encouraging after such a long injury. He spent the summer in the US, including the Challenger Tour, one step back from the tour level, to gain time to regain fitness.

The biggest shock of the day’s session was the early exit of the No. 7 and two-time major champion Simona Halep against Ukrainian qualifier Daria Snigur. Halep suffered two stoppages in the decider, making too many mistakes and struggling with former Wimbledon junior champion Snigur’s clumsy technique, which masks her impressive angular shot.

Snigur, 20, held his nerve and dismissed a comeback from Halep to ultimately serve at the second moment of the question, 6-2, 0-6, 6-4. She burst into tears at the conclusion, pointing to the yellow and blue Ukraine ribbon pinned to her chest during her emotional celebrations.

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