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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Boulter creates history after tiebreak gaffe


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Katie Boulter has created some history at the Australian Open but not before a hilarious gaffe after her first-round win.

Boulter was tied in a gruelling battle against opponent Ekaterina Makarova, when she experienced the Australian Open's new tiebreak rule first-hand.

Following marathon deciding sets in previous Grand Slams, this year, if the deciding set is tied at six games apiece, the two players face off in a first-to-10 tiebreak.

In the tiebreak, Boulter quickly raced to a 5-0 lead over Makarova and charged towards the net when she went ahead 7-4, thinking she had advanced.

Katie Boulter

However, the 22-year-old quickly realised her mistake and returned to the baseline to complete the tiebreak, capping off an eventual 6-0 4-6 7-6 (10-6) win.

The task gets no easier for the rising star, pitted against Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka in the second round.

Sabalenka, who is considered somewhat of a dark horse, is the 11th seed in this year's tournament and made short work of Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya.

Katie Boulter has created some history at the Australian Open but not before a hilarious gaffe after her first-round win.

Boulter was tied in a gruelling battle against opponent Ekaterina Makarova, when she experienced the Australian Open's new tiebreak rule first-hand.

Following marathon deciding sets in previous Grand Slams, this year, if the deciding set is tied at six games apiece, the two players face off in a first-to-10 tiebreak.

In the tiebreak, Boulter quickly raced to a 5-0 lead over Makarova and charged towards the net when she went ahead 7-4, thinking she had advanced.

Katie Boulter

However, the 22-year-old quickly realised her mistake and returned to the baseline to complete the tiebreak, capping off an eventual 6-0 4-6 7-6 (10-6) win.

The task gets no easier for the rising star, pitted against Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka in the second round.

Sabalenka, who is considered somewhat of a dark horse, is the 11th seed in this year's tournament and made short work of Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya.

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