Katie Boulter forgets Australian Open tiebreak rule in first-round win

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

British tennis star Katie Boulter has made history by becoming the first victor of the new ten-point tie-breaker rules at the Australian Open, but not without a comical hitch.

This might seem like an abstruse detail, except that Boulter did not seem to be aware of the unfamiliar rule.

Makarova fought back but coudn't catch the Briton after her slow start and Boulter recorded an epic win on her debut.

Moments later, she would be back on the baseline, looking understandably frustrated. It's not easy to regather your energies after that sort of celebration, especially when you have already been out on court for nearly two-and-a-half hours in sweltering 35-degree heat.

Regular tie-breaks are first to seven, and Boulter came to the net as if to shake hands once she went up 7-4.

On her first appearance in a main draw of a Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon, the 22-year-old put in a solid performance.

Lucky for her the early celebration didn't change the eventual result, as she beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-0 4-6 7-6 (10-6).

Maria Sharapova became the first player to be hit with a time violation in her straight sets win over Britain's Harriet Dart on Rod Laver Arena.

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.

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