Wimbledon 2021: Second seed Aryna Sabalenka digs deep to beat Katie Boulter, advances to third round for first time- No-one gave Katie Boulter a chance. The Briton, ranked No.291 in the world, was not even expected to win a set.
Instead, what happened? Boulter provided the No.2 seed Aryna Sabalenka with reason to be fearful and for the crowd reason to be cheerful.
Walking on to arguably the biggest stage in world tennis, the wild card showed no nerves at all against a player looking to gather momentum on the way to going deep into The Championships.
Her attitude clearly rattled the Belarusian. She was facing a 24-year-old rival who spent much of 2019 nursing a stress fracture of the back having broken into the top 100 and who was going to wring every bit of enjoyment out of the day.
Even when Sabalenka threatened to run away with the second set, Boulter managed to put the brakes on.
In the final set she needed treatment to her heavily-strapped right elbow but that seemed to give her more impetus with the nip and tuck continuing as the entertainment level headed skywards before Sabalenka completed the job.