Katie Boulter: Tennis star beats Alison Riske in Birmingham Classic

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Here’s everything you need to know about Katie Boulter ahead of her Birmingham Classic match against Caroline Garcia.

Britain’s Katie Boulter has claimed the biggest win of her career to date after defeating Alison Riske in the first round of the Rothesay Classic Birmingham yesterday.

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Riske is ranked 35th and is a former Wimbledon quarterfinalist. Last week he finished second in the WTA Tour event in Nottingham.

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It was a brilliant day for Boulter, who had just found out she’d been handed a Wimbledon wildcard ahead of the game.

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Following her win, the tennis star said: “A huge milestone, definitely excited of course.

“I feel like I got close to some of the top players and never got over the line. I feel like I can do it, the game is there and that’s what excites me.

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“I feel like I can go out there and compete with everyone out there. I’ve already done a few of those and it’s really picking up and I feel like I’m going to be in a good place.”

Boulter meets Caroline Garcia in the round of 16 this afternoon.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the Brit…

Who is Katie Boulter?

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Katie Boulter is a 25-year-old British tennis player from Woodhouse Eaves in Leicestershire.

As well as playing tennis, Boulter was an avid pianist before her tennis career took off, and she also has an interest in fashion – she appeared in Vogue magazine in 2018.

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She is currently in a relationship with Australian tennis player Alex de Minaur.

Career Highlights

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After taking up tennis at the age of 5, Boulter represented Great Britain three years later.

In January 2014, Boulter was a finalist in the Australian Open girls’ doubles tournament with Ivana Jorovic.

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Four months later, she won her first senior singles title against Eden Silva and also won the doubles title alongside Nino Stojanovic at the same event.

2018 was possibly her most successful year in tennis as she won her first singles title for $25,000 in April before winning a second at the $60,000 event in Fukuoka, Japan.

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After receiving wild cards for both the Nottingham Open and the $100,000 grass court event in Southsea, Boulter received a wild card for the Wimbledon main draw, where she won her first round match against Veronica Cepede Royg.

Boulter started the 2019 season by losing to Tasmania’s Greet Minnen before being beaten by Aryna Sabalenka in the second round of the Australian Open.

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After competing in the St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy, the Mexican Open and the Miami Open, Boulter finished the year in 100th place.

Over the next two years, she was beaten twice in the first round of the Australian Open and the US Open.

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