By Michael Stafford-Jones, in Surbiton
- Katie Boulter played superbly to beat Jana Fett 7-5 6-4
- The Brit will face Priscilla Hon in the quarter-finals tomorrow
- She is starting to believe she can play at a higher level
SURBITON, ENGLAND – After performing impressively to beat Jana Fett at the Fuzion 100 Surbiton Trophy, Katie Boulter stated her belief that she will continue to get better.
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“I know she’s a really good player so I knew I was going to have to get my best game out and I did,” said the Brit.
The result ranks as one of the most significant of Boulter’s career as Fett is currently 109 in the world – 54 places higher than the Brit.
And Boulter, 21, believes victories like this are just the start for her. “I’ve had a little bit more exposure than a lot of players,” she said.
“I’ve been on the tour now a good solid year so I’ve played a lot of players like that and I’m starting to believe that I can be one of them.”
Next up for Boulter is a clash with Priscilla Hon, who benefited from the withdrawal of 3rd seed Madison Brengle with an ankle injury.
And the Brit believes this is an important tournament for her. “I’m here on ranking,” she said. “It’s the first week on grass for me so I want to start the season well. So far it’s been really good and I’m hoping I can go further.”
At Surbiton last year, Boulter lost 6-3 7-5 to Tereza Martincova in the first round. However, she believes it set her up well for the rest of the tournaments on grass.
“I wasn’t as good (as this year), but it definitely gave me the confidence to build as I went through my grass court season.”
Boulter trailed 5-2 against Fett, but she dug deep to turn the match around.
“I kept staying with her,” the Brit said. “She was playing really well and I was hoping that I would get a break and a point when she would give me a chance.”
“We had a long point where she had set point and I managed to get it and I kind of fought my way through (after that).”
Boulter continued, “I think I’m learning to produce my best at these moments,” the Brit said. “Going forward, I think the biggest thing I need to do is play well at key points and I’m really starting to find a way to do that at these events.”
The Brit also believes winning is becoming a habit for her. “I’m feeling really good about my game,” she said. “We all have good matches and bad matches. The day before yesterday I wasn’t quite as good, but I think winning a lot of matches before this tournament showed today.”
Katie Boulter will take on Priscilla Hon at 12pm on Court 3 at Surbiton tomorrow.
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