Brit Katie Boulter thinks she takes inspiration from her Australian boyfriend Alex de Minaur – and she has shown shades of his never-say-die aspiration by setting off a Wimbledon sensation 48 hours after a personal tragedy.
Center Court was desperate for a new home heroine after Emma Raducanu’s departure – and found one the following afternoon in Boulter, coming off a set-down to take out last year’s finalist Karolina Pliskova 3-6 7- 6 (7 -4) 6-4.
Thursday’s second-round win was the biggest in Boulter’s career as the 25-year-old defeated the Czech who was Ash Barty’s last victim on her run to Wimbledon victory last year.
And Boulter then heartbreakingly revealed to the crowd that it had come just two days after her grandmother’s death.
The British number 3 is enjoying himself on grass pitches after also beating Pliskova in Eastbourne last week, but with an unreliable prediction this midfield game turned into an indoor affair.
World No. 118 Boulter, who narrowly lost to eventual semi-finalist Aryna Sabalenka on the same podium last year, then nearly went crazy with her performance and the emotional speech afterwards that barely left a dry eye in the house.
Boulter revealed that her grandmother had passed away just two days earlier.
“I’m going to get so emotional. I’d like to dedicate it to her,” she told the crowd.
Boulter, whose progress has been hampered by a series of injuries, says that since they started dating more than a year ago, she has drawn her heart and strength from the Minaur’s work ethic as Australia’s No. 1 over a year ago.
“He’s the epitome of a fighter and someone who goes out and gives everything every day. That’s what I want to be. He helps me do that. I’m a very happy girl,” said Boulter.
The blonde baseliner thought she would later go to No. 1 court to cheer for the Sydneysider as he played her British friend and colleague Jack Draper.
Elsewhere in the women’s draw, the unstoppable Iga Swiatek overcame a brief hiatus from her dominance, even losing a set before ousting Dutch Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-4 4-6 6-3 to extend her incredible winning streak to 37 in a row.
It wasn’t easy for the Pole, despite taking on a player ranked 138th in the world, and even had to save two break points at the start of the final set before completing the longest streak of success since Martina. Hingis extended. also won 37 straight in 1997.
Another of the big guns, 2021 Roland Garros winner, 13th seed Barbora Krejcikova, won back-to-back matches for the first time since the Australian Open when she defeated Swiss Viktorija Golubic 6-3 6-4 and took third place. round match with Australian No.1 Ajla Tomljanovic.
But former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu’s hopes were dashed with a 6-4 7-6 (7-5) defeat to Kazakh 17th-seeded Elena Rybakina.
Two-time champion Petra Kvitova survived a grueling second set against Romanian Ana Bogdan, knocking off two set points before going to a 6-1 7-6 (7-5) victory.
In the last 32, Paula Badosa joins her, the number 4 in the world who avoided clearing seeds when she saw another Romanian Irina Bara standing in front of her 6-3 6-2.