By Ros Satar, in Bath
- Katie Boulter def. Kaja Juvan 6-4 6-2
BATH, UK – Katie Boulter made a winning start to Great Britain’s campaign to reach the World Group II Play-offs once more.
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Katie Boulter def. Kaja Juvan 6-4 6-2
It’s about time that the Fed Cup got the kind of cheering love that has so far been reserved for Davis Cup, as British No. 2 Katie Boulter walked out to a rousing reception as Great Britain kicked off their campaign to once more at least make it to the World Group II play-offs.
First things first though. Boulter, who has crept her way into the Top 100 might not have had too much in the way of main draw success this year, getting her first win of the season at the Australian Open – but she came in with enough match sharpness where it counted.
In a first set of some ferocious hitting against the Slovenian No. 4 Kaja Juvan, Boulter’s tenacity paid off with a break to nudge ahead in the first set after the initial exchanges. Fired up, and at times over-pressing, Boulter held her nerve as Juvan faltered for a 4-2 lead, with Boulter flawlessly keeping her at bay to serve the first set out to love.
That momentum stayed with the Brit as she broke the 18-year-old Slovenian at the start of the second set and from there the youngster quickly started to unravel, broken by Boulter at the beginning and end of the match. Boulter has established herself not just as a big-stage player but also with a steady sentiment but admitted to a few nerves.
She said, after the match: “I was a little nervous honestly. It is very understandable. I have a great team around me to help with those nerves and to put me in the right place mentally so year, really happy to get through this.
“I think I’m someone that rises to the occasion – I like to hope I am. I definitely draw off [the support] and the team on the bench as well – makes a huge difference.”
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