Katie Boulter, 25, follows up her win over Alison Riske with an equally impressive performance to beat Caroline Garcia; Harriet Dart is dating second seed Simona Halep; Jack Draper is in action at the Queen’s Club
Last update: 06/15/22 5:52 p.m.
Britain’s Katie Boulter advanced to the quarter-finals of the Rothesay Classic Birmingham after a straight-sets win over Caroline Garcia.
Just 24 hours after earning a career-best finish with a win over Alison Riske in the first round, Boulter, 25, beat Frenchman Garcia, a former top-five player, 7-6 (7-5) 6 – 1 in an hour and 30 minutes to register another decisive victory.
Britain’s No.4 has so far been prevented from fulfilling her potential by injury and illness, and a leg problem suffered in March sidelined her for almost three months.
But Boulter, ranked 141st in the world, is in fine form ahead of Wimbledon where she received a wild card.
“I’m absolutely thrilled right now,” Boulter said. “I’ve worked so hard the past few weeks with my injury.
“It’s been worth it – and all the hard times I’ve been through and been through really got me through today.
“I’m really happy to be in the quarter-finals and I’m looking forward to another good game.
“In the first set it was tough for both of us. I was just trying to take care of my service games.
“I played a really good tie-break and that’s what it’s all about. I had to keep fighting and that’s what I think I did very well today.”
Harriet Dart couldn’t keep up with Boulter in the quarter-finals after suffering a comprehensive 6-3 6-2 loss to the second seed Simona Halep.
Halep’s compatriot Sorana Cirstea was a comfortable 6-1 6-1 winner against Aleksandra Krunic.
“I feel good and I feel like I played better than in my previous game,” said Halep, 30.
“She [Dart] is never easy to play against. She’s tough on the grass because she’s used to that surface but I was really happy with the way I played.
“I do my best every time I step onto the pitch and I’m looking to play as many games as possible to get back that feeling I had in 2019.”
Boulter and Halep will play their quarter-finals on Friday – the first time they have faced each other.
Halep added: “I know she serves hard so it will be tough to come back, but every game is tough on grass and you never know what to expect.
“I am ready and I will fight to win.”
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