Tennis news, Australian Open - Katie Boulter wins three-set thriller against Ekaterina Makarova

Boulter wins three-set thriller against Makarova

14/01/2019 at 02:38Updated 14/01/2019 at 03:50

Katie Boulter made an instant impact at the Australian Open, beating Ekaterina Makarova in three sets in her first outing of the main draw at Melbourne Park.

The 22-year-old, fresh from her exploits in the Hopman Cup with Cameron Norrie, remained ice cool in the heat as she beat the former world No 8 6-0 4-6 7-6(6) in just under two-and-a-half hours.

Video - Highlights: Impressive Boulter prevails in Makarova ding-dong


She remained calm after losing the second set and held her nerve when serving at 6-5 down in the third, with four fearsome serves to clinch the game to love.

She then took the breaker - which is now used to decide final sets in a first to ten format - 10-6.

Boulter will face No 11 seed Aryna Sabalenka in the second round.

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