Wimbledon 2022: End Of The Road For Brits Boulter And Broady

Katie Boulter and Liam Broady crash out of Wimbledon
16:12, 02 Jul 2022

Katie Boulter saw her Wimbledon dreams cruelly dashed by Harmony Tan out on Court Two before lunch on Saturday – and not long afterwards her Aussie boyfriend Alex de Minaur ended fellow Brit Liam Broady’s involvement in the tournament on Court One.

The 25-year-old Boulter’s battle back to full fitness from injury in recent weeks before Wimbledon week, together with the huge win over Karolina Pliskova on Centre Court while dealing with the raw emotions of the devastating news of the death of her grandmother – with whom the Leicester player was very close - just left her with nothing in the tank.

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There was criticism of the organisers for shunting Boulter out to Court Two at 11am, rather than being put on one of the main two show courts. Tan certainly believed that decision helped her rather than having 15,000 Brits cheering on her opponent and it might have lifted Boulter – though the player herself was diplomacy personified.

Her performance in losing 6-1, 6-1, though, was unusually flat and the 25-year-old looked how she later described herself – utterly drained. Boulter said: “Obviously it is pretty difficult one for me to take. I may have seen it coming a little bit. I started to reach my emotional and physical point where I was struggling this morning in the warm-up.

“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. This week was the cherry on top.

“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.

“And this week has probably been the tipping point. I've played some great matches. It's also been very emotional and I think today was one step too far for me. Credit to Harmony, she was playing some tough, tough tennis.

“As you've seen, it's been a long, physical battle for me the past few days. That’s great because I've played so many matches, and I know that I'm stronger than ever. Going forward, I'll take a break, get myself ready, mentally refreshed, and get going again.

“In terms of the scheduling, I wasn’t surprised. You can look at it on paper, you're supposed to put the best matches there are out there on Centre Court and on Court 1. We've got Iga Swiatek who is out there on an I don't know how many match winning streak. I would never expect to be put ahead of players like that. Obviously I would have loved to have played there.

“I'm a little bit tired, but I'm in the best place I've ever been. I really can't complain with the way I'm feeling physically. I think this is more of an emotional drain.

“There are loads of positives, though. This is new ground for me. I've obviously had those fatigue issues in the past but I feel like they've been put behind me now. I feel like I can crack on. Being smart with schedule and taking breaks will make the difference.”

Tan, who beat Serena Williams in round one, admitted: “I was surprised how Katie played – but I played good tactics against her. She serves hard so I returned like I can, and played some slice, used some drop shots and volleys and everything worked. I think it was hard for her playing in front of the home crowd. For me, I never expected to beat Serena in the first round. And it was better for me playing on Court Two. When you play a Brit on the Centre Court, they all cheering for them.”

Despite being outgunned in his match, Broady never gave up – and saved a number of match points in the final game before finally succumbing 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 to the No19 seed known as ‘Demon’, into the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.

De Minaur, 23, who also beat Britain’s Jack Draper in the previous round, said: “It is just relief to win in the end and get through to the second week of Wimbledon for the first time. It was harder than I wanted it to be, but this is tennis and all sorts of things can play a part – nerves, and playing on this great court in front of a great crowd playing a Brit.”

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