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Wimbledon: Katie Boulter overcomes Just Stop Oil interruption on Court 18 to reach second round | Tennis news

British No 1 Katie Boulter was shocked after overcoming a Just Stop Oil rally in her maiden match against Daria Saville to win Wimbledon, but Jodie Burrage and Heather Watson fell short on Sunday. Wednesday.

Boulter was leading 4-2 in the first set when a protester ran to Court 18 and threw confetti and puzzle pieces just two hours after the first rally.

However, after a slight delay, Boulter took the next five points to take the first set and then overcame the second set to reach the second round by a 7-6 (7-4) 6 win. -2.

Katie Boulter celebrates as she won the first set against Daria Saville (not pictured) on day three of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Racquet Club in Wimbledon.  Date taken: Wednesday, July 5, 2023.
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Katie Boulter celebrates reaching the second round of Wimbledon

She admitted to being “shocked” by what happened, but thought the league would react accordingly.

When asked if she was worried, Boulter replied: “You never know what that is. I think I heard the crowd before I saw anything.

“Then I realized what it was because I watched it in the previous game. Obviously it was a small shock to the system. I think we both handled it very well. It was a situation. Really unfortunate situation for everyone.

“I wouldn’t say I feel in danger. I’m pretty far from it. I’m going in the opposite direction.

“I’m pretty sure there will be a response to what’s happening and there will be more security measures or whatever they need to do to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“I’m not worried about it. I’ll just focus on myself. I’ll keep playing tennis. That’s where I’m going. Yeah, hopefully we’ll have a few more days.”

The 26-year-old is enjoying an impressive run, having won her first WTA Tour title in Nottingham at the start of the grass-court season, and as the highest-ranked Brit, she there will be designs running deep in Grand’s hometown. Collapse.

Katie Boulter watches as ground staff clear confetti from court 18 after a Just Stop Oil protester invaded the court on day three of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at the Lawn Tennis and Tennis Club All England at Wimbledon.  Date taken: Wednesday, July 5, 2023.
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Boulter helped junior staff with the cleanup at Court 18

However, Boulter had to do it the hard way as she had to continue the match – the match had been halted 28 hours earlier due to heavy rain – helping to keep her place in the first set, but brought advantage for love.

But after only 10 points since resuming, and leading 4-2 in the draw, a protester ran onto the pitch and the game was halted again.

Along with Saville, she helped the field staff with the cleanup and the mini-break seemed to work wonders for her as she took 5 straight points in the tie-break to claim the set. Firstly.

Four more games followed after she won the first of the second to favorites and that set the tone for a relaxed afternoon.

She won four of her next six fights before having an impressive win.

The match in the second round against Bernarda Pera or Viktoriya Tomova will probably be in her wait.

Burrage admits the stress made her better on her Center Court debut as she tumbled out of Wimbledon in front of David Beckham.

Former England captain Beckham watched from the Royal Box as England’s Burrage was beaten 6-0 6-2 by Russian 11th seed Daria Kasatkina.

“It was a good experience. Obviously it wasn’t the result I wanted. The first set was pretty brutal,” said Burrage, 24.

“But overall, you dream of playing on Central Court. When I found out yesterday, it was exciting.

“At the same time, you also have to deal with those stresses. I wish I could have dealt with it a little earlier today. But you have to go through these experiences to feel more comfortable next time. .

“So yeah, it was a tough day, but also one of my dreams that came true.”

Burrage came to the field with high hopes after reaching the Nottingham final last month and then knocking out Caty McNally on Monday for his first win at a Grand Slam and potentially breaking into the top 100.

But she found herself staring into the bin of a humiliating ‘double bread’ in the second round after losing the first set without winning a game in 19 minutes of play.

David Beckham in the royal box of center court on day three of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Racquet Club in Wimbledon.  Date taken: Wednesday, July 5, 2023.
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Jodie Burrage was surprised after hearing that David Beckham would watch her match in the Royal Box

She was then unable to hold serve before a delayed downpour and, despite some admirable resistance to continuing, Kasatkina clinically ended the match after exactly one hour.

Burrage added: “I mean, there are people in that box watching you. I really don’t know who’s in there.”

“When you’re on the field, it’s hard to know who’s there. You don’t want to really stare.

“Then, during the delay due to rain, it was obvious that they had cameras around, and in the room we were in, I clearly saw David Beckham being told. ‘Oh my God, David Beckham is in the middle of the night. watch me play tennis right now.’ And I was there 6-0 2-2.”

British No 5 Heather Watson leaves Wimbledon in the first round after a 6-2 7-5 loss to the 10th seed Barbora Krejcikova.

Watson reached the fourth round in 2022, her best ever at the All England Club, and enjoyed some fun on Court One last summer but this time it was a different story.

Sonay Kartal, a 21 year old wild card, has been tamed by Madison key with her briefly on the field as 25th seed Keys took the lead to win 6-0 6-3.

Arthur Fery showed his potential on his Wimbledon debut despite losing the third seed in consecutive sets Daniil Medvedev.

The 20-year-old, ranked 391st, played his illustrious opponent in the first set before the rain interrupted everything and he eventually lost 7-5 6-4 6-3.

George Loffhagen after his loss to Holger Rune (not pictured) on day three of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Racquet Club in Wimbledon.  Date taken: Wednesday, July 5, 2023.
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George Loffhagen had a great test in his defeat to sixth seed Holger Rune

George Loffhagen saw his debut end in a straight loss to the sixth seed Holger rune.

Loffhagen, world number 371, pushed the Dane hard in the first set on Tuesday before he was knocked out in the tie-break and rain forced the match to be halted.

Rune raised his bar as the first-round match continued on Wednesday afternoon and went 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-2.

Boulter and boyfriend De Minar beat mixed doubles

Boulter will play mixed doubles with Australian boyfriend Alex De Minaur at Wimbledon.

The pair are among the most popular in tennis and have supported each other on the court many times, now they will be standing together on the same side of the net for the first time.

Boulter and De Minaur, who will face Australian duo Storm Hunter and John Peers in the first round, are not the only off-court pairings in the draw.

World No 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa of Spain, who recently made their relationship public, also compete together and will face top seeds Austin Krajicek and Jessica Pegula.

Other notable pairings are all-British duo Heather Watson and Joe Salisbury and Jodie Burrage and Lloyd Glasspool, while Jamie Murray will play with American Taylor Townsend.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Neal Skupski and America’s Desirae Krawczyk are bidding for their third consecutive title.



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