Katie Boulter was in tears after her stunning victory over Karolina Pliskova, dedicating the Wimbledon triumph to her grandmother, who died two days ago.
The British No. 3 picked up the biggest victory of her career as she fought back after a set against the 2021 runner-up to win 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.
She couldn’t hold back her tears when Boulter revealed the match was played in an exceptionally difficult time for her and her family.
“Oh my god, I have absolutely no words right now. I’m literally shaking. The crowd was amazing, so thank you for getting me through this,” Boulter said.
“I will probably get emotional. My grandmother passed away two days ago, so I would like to dedicate this to her today.
“It’s a dream come true for me, hopefully I can get a lot more games here, and if I can get you behind me for those then I can probably go far.”
There was more success for the British stars on Thursday as Heather Watson, who cut an emotional figure after her first-round victory, sealed her place in the third round.
Watson got the better of China’s Wang Qiang 7-5 6-4 as the match ended after starting on Wednesday night.
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Liam Broady made the third round of a grand slam for the first time with a stunning comeback win to beat 12th seed Diego Schwartzman in five sets at Wimbledon.
The duo had met at the same stadium at the All England Club last year and the Argentine proved to be too strong, which seemed to be the case again when he landed 11 games in a row to take control of the second turn.
Broady dug deep and after beating a fourth set tiebreaker, the World 132 had the momentum and notched a career best 6-2 4-6 0-6 7-6(6) 6- 1 in three hours and 47 minutes.
He faces the winner of Jack Draper’s clash against Australia’s Alex de Minaur – Broady comparing Draper to Manchester City footballer Phil Fiden.
However, British wildcard Alastair Gray, who is ranked 288 and making his singles debut for the All England Club, lost to 11th seed Taylor Fritz, losing 3-6 6-7 (3-7) 3-6.
Harriet Dart’s trip to Wimbledon also came to an end, losing 6-4 3-6 1-6 to eighth seed Jessica Pergula.
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