Boulter knocks out Pliskova, last year’s Wimbledon runner-up


Entre Court has not been a popular hunting ground for Brits over the past 24 hours.

But Katie Boulter avoided the same fate as Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu by overcoming a one-set deficit to knock out No6 seed Karolina Pliskova.

It was a repeat of their match just 10 days earlier and again the result was the same. As in Eastbourne last week, Pliskova took the first set.

But Boulter, apparently now free of her injury troubles and knocking on the door of the world top 100, fought back for a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 win.

Played under the roof due to the threat of rain which never materialized, this is his first appearance in the third round and his biggest scalp against the Wimbledon runner-up last year.

Boulter, who revealed after the win that her grandmother died two days ago, was broken twice in the first set as Pliskova quickly found her rhythm and there was a series of breaks in the second set as he headed for a tie-break.

In the match, Boulter was slightly more clinical at break point, converting four out of six to four out of eight for her Czech opponent. And the Briton got the mini break in the tie-break to go 3-0 for a lead she never conceded.

In a tight and tense deciding set, she earned the telling break in game nine and coldly served the match.

Heather Watson will play for a fifth consecutive day at Wimbledon on Friday after needing just one game to complete her match against Qiang Wang.

Watson played every day of the Championships due to weather delays, but needed little time on the court to beat her Chinese opponent 7-5, 6-4 for a place in the third round of Wimbledon for the fourth time in his career.

Harriet Dart’s hopes of becoming Britain’s third woman in the third round were dashed, however, by a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 loss to No8 seed Jessica Pegula.

Fellow Briton Alastair Gray joined future roommate Ryan Peniston in exiting the second round of Wimbledon in a 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 loss to No11 seed Taylor Fritz.

Britain’s Alastair Gray crashed out at Wimbledon in the second round on Thursday

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The British duo are looking for a place to share near SW19, a cause that will be helped by the £78,000 they pocketed for their respective first-round victories.

But Gray, 24, had to complain about missed chances in a match in which Fritz always seemed to be one step ahead without having to raise his game.

The Briton hit a total of 30 unforced errors to 11 by Fritz, who had been taken out by Grey’s former school friend Jack Draper – the pair having attended a school next to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground – at Queen’s earlier in the month.

Hope that he could back up his second day win over Tseng Chun-hsin was given renewed hope when he beat his American opponent in the second set and had the opportunity to serve for the set and equalize the game.

But he was broken, lost the ensuing tiebreaker, then faltered in the final set to end what had been a promising start at Wimbledon.

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