Katie Boulter may have joined the earlier casualties from the day with fellow Brits Jo Konta and Kyle Edmund going out in round one but Katie can leave Melbourne with plenty of positives.
Katie found herself ranked outside the top 300 and used her protected ranking to play the Australian Open. Round one exit to Elina Svitolina will see the Brit fall outside the top 400 in the world but she showed great fight in her 4-6 5-7 defeat to Ukraine’s number one.
The Brit of course missed around six months of tennis last year on the back of reaching her career high ranking of 82 in the world.
Katie pretty much put her body on the line for her country in Fed Cup helping guide Great Britain out of the World Group for the first time in over 20 years however it ended up meaning nothing.
Format changes announced after the play-off ties meant it was a null and void tie and to qualify for the Fed Cup Finals in April in early February a British team will have to try and see off Slovakia for a place in the finals.
It is understood that Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter will skip the Fed Cup this year leaving Britain’s hopes of qualifying on the rocks.
However, back to Melbourne.
Katie can take plenty of positives from her defeat as she looks to rebuild her ranking. I thought she struck the wall well against Svitolina especially off the backhand and at times didn’t give the No.5 seed much to play with.
There will be things she will be disappointed with being broken at 4-5 in the first set but definitely positives to walk away from here with to take into 2020.