Katie Boulter bids to make it to fourth round at Wimbledon: Brit hopeful takes on France’s Harmony Tan who knocked out Serena Williams
Katie Boulter is looking to secure a place in the second week of Wimbledon today as she faces Harmony Tan in the third round of the tennis Grand Slam.
The 25-year-old British hopeful faces a tough task against the Frenchwoman, who is on a roll after knocking out titan Serena Williams in a nail-biting first round battle.
She has gotten off to a slow start once again after losing the first three games of the opening set, although she is no stranger to snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, having come back from a set down to beat last year’s finalist Karolina Pliskova.
The rising star – who has posed for Vogue and often shares glamorous snaps on her Instagram – saw off the Czech in three dramatic sets on Centre 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 appeared emotional, watched on.
Among the relatives in the stands was her grandfather, who invented the anti-theft tags found on clothes in shops.
Katie Boulter is looking to secure a place in the second week of Wimbledon today as she faces Harmony Tan in the third round of the tennis Grand Slam (pictured today)
The 25-year-old British hopeful faces a tough task against the Frenchwoman Harmony Tan (pictured today), who is on a roll after knocking out titan Serena Williams in a nail-biting first round battle
Boulter arrives to 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 first game.
But Boulter then launched a stunning comeback – aided by several well-judged challenges to the umpire – to win the second set 7-6, and set up a grandstand finish in SW19.
The 25-year-old – whose boyfriend is top-ranked Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur- then found another gear to clinch the decisive third set 6-4.
The home crowd roared in support of the rising star, who delivered a surprise victory over the world number six, off the back of the double disappointment of defeats for Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray a day earlier.
Speaking on court afterwards, the 5ft11 player dedicated the victory to her grandmother who died on Tuesday – the same day Boulter romped to her first victory of the tournament, when she beat Clara Burel of France in straight sets.
Katie Boulter produced the biggest win of her career by upsetting Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova on Centre 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’ve got absolutely no words right now. The crowd was unbelievable, thank you so much for getting me through that.
‘I’m going to get emotional. My gran passed away two days ago so I’d just like to dedicate that to her today.
‘Honestly, it’s a dream come true for me. I’ve hopefully got many more matches to play and if I’ve got you guys behind me for those, hopefully I can go a long way, so thank you very much.’