Katie Boulter wins three-set thriller against Ekaterina Makarova

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2019

The Australian Open introduced the first-to-10 tie-break format in deciding sets for this year's grand slam.

British No. 2 Katie Boulter scored a freaky and brilliant first-round win over Ekaterina Makarova, an experienced Russian with a fine record in Melbourne, after playing the first-ever 10-point tie-break to be contested at a grand-slam singles tournament.

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 new tie-break rules were...

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

She blitzed her way through the first set against the Russian - a former semi-finalist at Melbourne Park.

Life won't get much easier for the British No. 2 in the second round as she faces Belarusian hotshot Aryna Sabalenka, who earlier thrashed Anna Kalinskaya 6-1 6-4 in quick fashion.

Boulter needed 78 minutes in the final set and two hours, 24 minutes in total to advance to the second round.

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

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