Katie Boulter tries to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon: the British hopeful faces France’s Harmony Tan who eliminated Serena Williams
Katie Boulter is looking to secure a place in week two of Wimbledon today as she takes on Harmony Tan in the third round of the Grand Slam of tennis.
The 25-year-old British prospect faces a tough task against the Frenchwoman, who is on a roll after knocking out titan Serena Williams in a fierce first-round battle.
She again got off to a slow start after losing the first three games of the first set, although she is no stranger to snatching victory from the jaws of defeat after coming back from a set to beat the last year’s finalist Karolina Pliskova.
The rising star – who has posed for Vogue and often shares glamorous snaps on her Instagram – saw the Czech in three dramatic sets on center court on Thursday to make the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Holding back tears in a post-match interview, she revealed her tragic loss as her family, who also seemed emotional, looked on.
Among the relatives present in the stands was his grandfather, inventor of the anti-theft labels found on clothing in stores.
Katie Boulter is looking to secure a place in week two of Wimbledon today as she takes on Harmony Tan in the third round of the Grand Slam of tennis (pictured today)
The 25-year-old British prospect faces a tough task against France’s Harmony Tan (pictured today), who is on a roll after knocking out titan Serena Williams in a fierce first-round battle
Boulter arrives in court on Saturday for a third-round match against France’s Harmony Tan
Boulter came from behind after being beaten 6-3 in the first set, despite the perfect start in which she broke serve to win the opener.
But Boulter then launched a stunning comeback – aided by several well-judged challenges to the referee – to win the second set 7-6 and set up a grandstand finish in SW19.
The 25-year-old – whose boyfriend is Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur – then found another kit to win the deciding third set 6-4.
The home crowd roared in favor of the rising star, who picked up a surprise victory over world number six, after the double disappointment of defeats to Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray the day before.
Speaking afterwards on the pitch, the 5ft 11in dedicated the victory to her late grandmother on Tuesday – the same day Boulter picked up her first victory of the tournament, when she beat France’s Clara Burel in two sets.
Katie Boulter produced the biggest win of her career as she upset Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova on center court to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time this week
Addressing the crowd in an interview with the BBC, she said: “I have absolutely no words at the moment.” The crowd was amazing, thank you so much for helping me through this.
“I’m going to get emotional. My grandma passed away two days ago so I just want to dedicate this to her today.
“Honestly, it’s a dream come true for me. I hope I have a lot more games to play and if I have you behind me for those, I hope I can go far, so thank you very much.