Juggernaut Harmony Tan continues as she finishes Katie Boulter’s fine run at Wimbledon
Katie Boulter’s great run at Wimbledon ended disappointingly with a one-sided loss to Harmony Tan in the third round.
Boulter produced a career-best result by upsetting last year’s runner-up Karolina Pliskova on Thursday but couldn’t get into the match against Tan, who built brilliantly on her first-round win over Serena Williams and is qualified for the last 16. at a Grand Slam for the first time.
Tan, ranked three places higher than Boulter at 115, was in control early on and secured a 6-1, 6-1 win in just 51 minutes.
Harmony Tan had a lot of fun in her 51 minute win over Katie Boulter ⚡
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Wimbledon organizers have been criticized for not scheduling Boulter on a bigger court after his heroics against Pliskova, and there were plenty of empty seats on court two when play started at 11 a.m.
Boulter, who mourned the loss of her grandmother earlier this week, may have felt it wouldn’t be her day when, in her first service game, she broke a string and saw two shots from Tan hitting the top of the net.
If the Frenchwoman had any luck, she more than deserved her superiority in the rest of the first set, serving superbly and making Boulter’s life very uncomfortable.
While Britain’s No. 3 was happy to be able to swap rhythm with flat-hitting Pliskova, it was a very different mission, with Tan smashing the ball and mixing up angles and rotations.
Boulter’s grandfather and close family were again at the edge of the pitch cheering her on, but she looked out at sea in the first two games of the second set as dreams of a first run to the second week of a Grand Slam were starting to fade quickly.
There were flashes of shots that wowed Center Court, but most of the highlights came from Tan, including a tween en route to breaking serve again to lead 4-1.
Two games later, the contest was over, with Boulter ending a game she’ll want to forget with a double fault.
“No, I don’t believe it yet – if I get some sleep tomorrow maybe I’ll believe it, but it’s amazing,” she said.
“I think I like the grass, I never play on that pitch but I like to play with the slice and the volley and everything with my game so I’m really happy.
“It was really emotional for the first round against Serena [Williams] and then it was just game by game and today it was really good tennis. I don’t know why but it depends on the day!”