Boulter leads Great Britain to 3-1 win in Billie Jean King Cup tie against Mexico
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Katie Boulter guided Great Britain to a commanding victory over Mexico in the Billie Jean King Cup with two match wins in two days.
Boulter was on outstanding form during the two-day contest staged at the National Tennis Centre, in Roehampton, London, as she defeated Mexico’s two highest-ranked players without dropping a set.
Following a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Mexico’s leading player Marcela Zacarias on day one, Boulter was selected to face Giuliana Olmos with the tie poised at 2-1.
Showing the full range of her shots, Boulter hit 10 winners in the first set, which was more one-sided than the 6-4 score line that settled it.
The 24-year-old Brit raced ahead in the second set, opening up a 4-0 lead, and although Olmos showed some resistance later on it proved to be too late, with Boulter closing out the match 6-4, 6-1.
For World No. 291 Boulter – who was inside the world’s top 100 in 2019 before suffering a spinal stress fracture – it was another big step on the comeback trail.
“It was actually a really, really tough match,” said Boulter. “Olmos is a really difficult opponent and although I felt pretty confident going into it I had to play my best to win
“It’s a huge moment for the team as we want to make the most of opportunities like this to go as far in the competition as we can.
“I’m sure we’ll be out there and fighting hard in the next one and I’m really proud of the girls today.”
With victory in the best-of-five-match Play-Off tie, Great Britain have secured a qualifying spot for the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals.
“It’s a special feeling at this stage of the competition to get a win,” said Anne Keothavong, Great Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup captain.
“As a team we haven’t been in this position too many times before, so we had to take this opportunity. We came into this competition with high expectations and the players delivered
“We prepared for this event as best as possible, there was a great team spirit in the camp, and I’m just proud of all of them for getting the job done.”
Also in action today was Heather Watson. The British No.2 also beat Olmos, on day one, but was edged out 6-3, 7-6 (1) by Zacarias on day two.