Wimbledon, England ( Associated Press) — Two days after the death of her grandmother, Katie Boulter was back on the grass at Wimbledon. She was not going to miss the opportunity to play in her grandmother’s favorite tennis tournament.
His grandfather was right there on center court watching every turn and every turn, and ultimately, the emotional celebration that came with a troubling victory.
Playing under the stress of the loss of his family and the pressure of being in the biggest stadium at the All England Club against last year’s Wimbledon runners-up, Boulter made a surprise comeback to beat sixth seed Karolina Pliskova 3-6, 7-6. (4), 6-4.
“It’s definitely been a tough few days,” said Boulter, who hails from Leicester, England. “I’ve tried to get my emotions out and deal with the situation, try and keep my head on tennis.
“I was lucky because my grandfather managed to come down from Leicester, and so we could keep him company and support him at the same time.”
The win propelled the 25-year-old Boulter to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. That’s a pretty good run for someone ranked 118th in the world, who was only invited to play at Wimbledon with a wild card, even though she beat Pliskova at a practice event in Eastbourne, England, last week. was.
This was his first win over a top-10 player.
“I managed to control my emotions very well and played a really good match,” Boulter said. “Ultimately it got to the wire, and I think I stood really strong in the tough moments. I think that’s why I got the win today.”
Boulter will next face France’s Harmony Tan. Tan defeated seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the first round and then beat 32nd seed Sara Soribes Tormo 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday.
“There’s probably going to be some public[support]for her, but I’m ready for her,” Tan said of her next match, “because when I play with Serena, there’s a lot of public[support]for her too.” “
Perhaps on Saturday, the crowd on Center Court will once again lag behind Boulter.
Just like his grandmother used to do.
“His favorite tournament was Wimbledon,” Boulter said. “That’s why it’s special to me.”
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