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Tianjin | Boulter impresses in China

Tianjin | Boulter impresses in China

Katie Boulter is poised to break into the top 100 following her excellent run into the quarter-finals of the Tianjin Open where she was downed by Karolina Pliskova, the world No.6, in a tough three set, two-hour and eight-minute  battle.

Ranked 101 at the start of the week, she was beaten 5-7 6-0 6-3 having earlier beaten Maria Sakkari and Barbora Krejcikova to make the last eight.

Appearing in only her second quarter-final at WTA level, the 22-year-old snatched the first set and was a break up in the decider but ultimately succumbed to her Czech opponent.

In a back-and-forth first set, Boulter, playing against a top-10 opponent for the first time, claimed an early break, which she immediately surrendered.

She then dropped serve to trail 5-4 but then reeled off three games in a row, including back-to-back breaks, to gain the initiative in the contest.

Pliskova replied by ‘bagelling’ her in the second set only for Boulter to respond in the decider by breaking the Czech’s serve to take a 2-0 lead. Like in the opening set, Pliskova broke straight back but this time it was decisive move, breaking again in the seventh to wrap up the win and a place in the semi-finals.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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