World No. 118 Katie Boulter revealed she entered her Wimbledon third round match emotionally drained and it was tough for her to play her best tennis versus Harmony Tan. After being out for three months, Boulter returned to action this grass season.
Boulter made three solid results leading up to Wimbledon and then upset 2021 Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova to reach the third round, where she was ousted by Harmony Tan 6-1 6-1. “I think I’m just a little bit emotionally drained, if I’m honest.
It’s been a long few weeks. I’m not going to even talk about this week. I think this week was the cherry on top," Boulter explained after the match, per Tennis365. “But I’ve been working so hard for a long period of time, getting through an injury to start with is a huge, huge struggle, and I made it through, and I’m here and played some amazing tennis week in, week out.
I’ve played a lot of matches. I sort of went from zero to a hundred quite quickly. This week has probably been the tipping point. I’ve played some great matches. It’s also been very emotional. I think today was one step too far for me.
Credit to her, she was playing some tough, tough tennis. Clearly it was a bit much”.
Boulter jokingly says she'd like to pull off an Emma Raducanu
Since the WTA is not awarding any points for this year's Wimbledon, Boulter won't be making a notable rankings jump.
As it stands now, Boulter will have to play the qualifying at the US Open. Last year at the US Open, Raducanu became the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam. “I’ll be ready for qualies (qualifying) this year,” Boulter said.
“If it’s this year, next year, whatever year it might be, it’s a privilege to play the tournament at all. You never know, hopefully I can do what Emma (Raducanu) did last year. Hey, we’re a long way away from that and I’m just going to go out there and enjoy myself”.