By Ros Satar
- Karolina Pliskova [1/WC] def. Katie Boulter 5-7 6-0 6-3
- Boulter set to rise to a career high – currently at No. 95 in the live rankings
TIANJIN, CHINA – After a spirited battle, British No. 3 Katie Boulter bowed out in a three-setter against Karolina Pliskova, but is set to crack the Top 100 when next week’s rankings come out.
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Karolina Pliskova [1/WC] def. Katie Boulter 5-7 6-0 6-3
No-one could accuse British No. 3 Katie Boulter from being over-awed by the prospect of playing the World No. 6 Karolina Pliskova. Breaking the Czech in the second game of the match, only to be broken straight back was a good test of nerves as the next few games were competitive between the pair.
There was another trade of breaks as Boulter got the measure of Pliskova once more, again forcing the Czech to break back, taking five break points to do it. Pliskova’s trials were not over, as Boulter won the next two games to take a one-set lead.
A drop in focus though cost the Brit dear as Pliskova fired back immediately at the start of the second set, breaking straight away and not dropping a game for the entire set to hand Boulter a chastening lesson in how to level a match.
What was encouraging was Boulter’s spirit – she has talked a good talk this year, and proved that she was willing to take her chances as she broke Pliskova at the start of the third set to take a 2-0 lead. As was the pattern of the match, Pliskova came back at her twice more. Boulter rallied for one more break before Pliskova won the next three games with two more breaks to book her spot in the semi-final.
Boulter is currently ranked No. 101 but with this run looks set to be inside the Top 100 when the new rankings come out on Monday.
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