By Ros Satar, in Bath
- Katie Boulter def. Dalma Galfi 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(1)
BATH, UK – Katie Boulter left everything on the court to come through a tough opener against Hungary as GB bids for a chance to make the World Group II play-offs.
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Katie Boulter def. Dalma Galfi 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(1)
In front of another enthusiastic home crowd, and perhaps with the knowledge that Serbia had taken out the favourites in the other Pool, Croatia, it looked like things were flowing along nicely as Katie Boulter steamed into a 5-1 lead in the first set.
However, Dalma Galfi ranked No. 344, is not without some weapons, sending down some rocket serves but with a punishable second serve that Boulter took full advantage of. The wobble though let the Hungarian back into match as she caught up the deficit to 4-5.
Even serving out for the set provide to be a trial for the Brit, needing seven set points as well as fending off a break point to close out the first set. It was not the best start to the second set as Galfi broke Boulter to start, with the Brit delivering the best response with an immediate break back.
In a highly competitive set neither player gave an inch, as they headed towards a tie-break. Initially no-one seemed keen of holding their serve, but the tide swung the way of the Hungarian as she levelled up the match in this pivotal tie.
There was more drama to come in a tense third set. Boulter could not capitalise on her early chances to break looked to have cost her dear, when Galfi broke for a 3-2 lead. As before, Boulter responded strongly to break straight back as the pair brought up chances each to regain the advantage, with inevitable fatigue kicking in.
Every last ounce of energy from Boulter went into building up a commanding 5-0 lead in the tiebreak. The Brit, who made history at the Australian Open, winning the first of the new match- tie-break format including a premature celebration when she reached seven points, this time made no mistake sending Britain on their way for a spot in Saturday’s final.
She told reporters: “My whole heart I put on that line there and I did the absolute best I could and it was just about enough.
“I think I was just trying to breath. It was very difficult to keep my head straight and I just wanted to zone in again and put the towel on my head and focus on the floor a little bit and I thought I did well to bounce back from that.”
Konta will play Anna Bondar to try and seal the win for GB.
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