NOTTINGHAM, Great Britain - Britain’s Katie Boulter is into the first WTA quarterfinal of her career after scoring a statement win over Sam Stosur at the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.
Boulter, ranked World No.156 and Britain’s No.4 player, needed a tiebreak to take the tight opening set but reeled off five games in a row to close out the 7-6(6), 6-1 victory after an hour and 18 minutes.
“It’s really exciting, it’s a huge step for me,” Boulter told press afterwards. “She’s a Grand Slam winner, and it’s the first one of those that I’ve beaten. It was a really quick second set but I dug in really deep in the first. I thought I held my nerve really well and found a way to win.
“It’s done a world of good for me, playing in these matches, in this environment. I don’t get the opportunity that often, so I think I’ve used it really well and I’m happy where I’m at right now.”
With her compatriot Johanna Konta triumphing over fellow Brit Heather Watson later in the day, wildcard Boulter’s win makes it two British players left in the draw at Nottingham, from the five that began the tournament.
Up next, Boulter will face another tough Australian challenge as she takes on the tournament’s top seed Ashleigh Barty. The Aussie cruised past Duan Ying Ying in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 later in the day.