By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon
- Katie Boulter [WC] def. Veronica Cepede Royg 6-4 5-7 6-4
- Boulter faces Osaka  once more
- H2H: Osaka leads 1-0
WIMBLEDON, UK – Katie Boulter will face Naomi Osaka for the second time this season but will be ready for the challenge.
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Katie Boulter [WC] def. Veronica Cepede Royg 6-4 5-7 6-4
Late in the evening, Katie Boulter closed out a packed day of British action with her first win in the main draw over Veronica Cepede Royg. The Paraguayan was 0-3 coming into the tournament, but it was a spirited encounter for fans who stuck it out.
Boulter battled hard to earn her first break on her fifth try, before closing out the first set. She looked to be the more dominant in the second set with an early break but found herself squandering a match point as Cepede Royg hit back to level the match.
The third set was competitive with Boulter getting the first sniff of a break point, but was rewarded on her next try, before serving out her first main draw to love.
She said, after the match: “I’m ecstatic honestly. It’s something I’ve dreamed of my whole life. I’m so happy that I could finally achieve one of my many goals I’ve been trying to pursue.
“I think it was really difficult, having a match point, not getting it. Finding a way is something that is built within me. I feel like I’m a great competitor on the court. I’d like to think so anyway. I think that got me through today. I showed that, and I showed some guts. I think I’m pretty happy with it.”
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Boulter v Naomi Osaka  | H2H: Osaka leads 1-0
Boulter has a chance to try and make an impact once more against the powerful striking fame of Naomi Osaka. The Japanese player took Boulter apart in Birmingham where the Brit had received a wild-card after some solid performances on grass in the lower tiers.
Despite feeling a little fatigued as she and fellow Brit Katie Swan bowed out in the first round of doubles, Boulter maintained she would be ready for her match on Thursday.
She said: “I don’t feel any pressure. I’m the underdog. I’m just going to go out there and enjoy every second of it and use the experience to the best that I can.
“I think [doing things differently to their previous meeting is something] I’m going to discuss with my team later and I will go from there and I’ll try and play my game and bring a lot of energy to the court.”
Prediction: Osaka in straight sets.
Play continues on all courts at 11:30, except for Centre Court and No. 1 Court, which start at 1pm (all times BST).
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