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Boulter seals GB victory over Mexico in Billie Jean King Cup playoff
April 17, 2021
Boulter, who additionally gained her opening match on Friday, beat Giulliana Olmos 6-4 6-1to seal a 3-1 triumph on the Nationwide Tennis Centre in London.
The end result means Britain go ahead to a first-round tie subsequent February, the place victory would see them qualify for the finals week for the primary time.
Britain went into the conflict as heavy favourites however a 6-3 7-6 (1) defeat for Heather Watson in opposition to Marcela Zacarias earlier on Saturday added some rigidity to what had appeared a simple project.
Boulter was given the nod for the second singles spot regardless of a lowly rating of 291 that could be a legacy of the intense again harm she sustained whereas guiding Britain to victory over Kazakhstan in the identical competitors – then often known as Fed Cup – in 2019.
This was her first look since and as soon as once more she has proven she is a participant who relishes the strain events, with the victory over Olmos her seventh from eight singles matches within the competitors.
Olmos, who misplaced to Watson on Friday, is ranked exterior the highest 400 in singles however is a top-50 doubles participant and initially competed effectively with Boulter after a protracted break in proceedings for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
However the big-hitting British participant took her fifth set level to clinch the opener and, as in her first match, didn’t look again.
Earlier, Watson was unable to win the battle of the quantity ones in opposition to a participant ranked greater than 200 locations decrease.
Zacarias had solely beforehand overwhelmed a top-100 participant as soon as in her profession, six years in the past, however her consistency and willingness to chase down ball after ball noticed her come out on prime in opposition to an erratic Watson.
The 28-year-old, ranked 68, performed a poor first set, struggling on serve and dumping far too many pictures into the web.
She responded effectively within the second to maneuver 5-3 forward however seemed tense as she tried to serve it out and Zacarias seized her alternative, dominating the tie-break and celebrating the most important victory of her profession.
Watson mentioned: “I undoubtedly didn’t discover my sport right this moment. I simply by no means obtained going.
“I used to be optimistic all through and was considering, ‘It’ll flip, I’ll begin to discover my sport’, however I simply didn’t right this moment.
“I simply had a nasty day on the workplace. I gave one of the best with what I had but it surely was removed from ok.”
The British quantity two mentioned forward of the tie that she thought she was nonetheless feeling the results of two weeks of onerous quarantine forward of the Australian Open.
Watson reached the second spherical in Melbourne however has misplaced three of her 4 matches since, all to lower-ranked gamers.
She is trying ahead to spending time with family and friends over the following week, and mentioned: “I simply assume recharge, keep affected person, keep at it, maintain working onerous on the court docket.
“I’ve performed tennis lengthy sufficient to know that there’s at all times going to be ups and downs. You’ve simply obtained to trip out the robust occasions.”