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theguardian - 29 days ago

Katie Boulter seals BJK Cup win for Britain over Mexico after Watson defeat

Boulter secures 3-1 victory by beating Giuliana OlmosHeather Watson stunned by Mexico’s Marcela ZacaríasAlmost exactly two years ago, Katie Boulter rose to the occasion to clinch a decisive victory in what was then the Fed Cup against Kazakhstan to end Great Britain’s 26-year absence from the top international group stages. It was an effort that came at great personal cost: the two three‑set matches Boulter contested resulted in a stress fracture in her back and a seven-month layoff that sent her ranking outside of the top 400.Boulter will hope this time round that another decisive victory while representing her country will be the catalyst for greater success. Once again, the 24-year-old marked herself as the difference maker by riding the pressure to seal a 3-1 victory for Great Britain against Mexico in the Billie Jean King Cup play-off with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Giuliana Olmos. Heather Watson fell 6-3, 7-6 (1) to Marcela Zacarías in the first match of the day at the LTA National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. Continue reading...


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