• Daria Kasatkina def. Katie Boulter 6-1, 6-4
  • Boulter saved four match points to rally but ultimately fell at the first hurdle
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Katie Boulter was the first to lead the British singles charge – and the first to fall on Day 1 of the Australian Open.

 

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Daria Kasatkina def. Katie Boulter 6-1, 6-4

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In a first set beset with breaks, it looked as through the fighting spirit shown by Katie Boulter in last week’s lead-up to the Australian Open was in full effect, breaking Daria Kasatkina back after being broken by the Russian in the first game.

There that spirit ended, as Kasatkina – returning to some form after some wilderness months – consistently took advantage of error-strewn games from the Brit.

Her break of the Russian’s serve was the only game she would get in the first set. It initially looked to be a better start in the set with her first hold of the match, but Kasatkina broke once more.

It was beginning to look like a fait accompli for Kasatkina, but it was her turn to falter as Boulter rallied to save four match points only to be broken again, and then once more by the Russian to take the match on her fifth attempt.

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Speaking after the match, Boulter said: “I’m pretty disappointed with today. I felt like I never really got going, I felt quite uncomfortable out on the court. I put a lot of pressure on myself when really there was absolutely no need to. The conditions are slightly different today, it felt heavier, the ball was bouncing higher, she has a different kind of swing to a lot of girls and I really struggled to just get some rhythm and get into the match and compete.”

She is entered for the Phillip Island Trophy which will run in the second week of the Australian Open, but she was unsure as to whether she would make the main draw.

Play continues on Day 2 of the Australian Open at 11am (Midnight GMT).

 

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