Katie Boulter is showing some fine form as she kicks off her season at the Gippsland Trophy down at Melbourne Park this summer.
The Brit who has had a tough time with injuries is using her protected ranking at The Australian Open next week and in her warm-up event is showing good promise which saw he climb to the top 90 in the world.
Easy to forget this is Katie’s First WTA tour event since February last year having played in ITF events when tennis returned at the back of last year.
Having opened up her account on Sunday with a strong 6-1 6-3 win over Kalinskaya the Brit set up a second round meeting with the 14th seed Coco Gauff.
Katie began immediately well breaking the American out on court 8 but that intensity despite being 0-2 down was there for all to see as the teenager won six of the next seven games to take the first set 6-3.
In the second set chances were few and far between as they battled it out but it was the Brit who knocked on the door late on to take the second set 7-5 and forced a third set.
Leading 3-2 on the serve it did look like it was going to take something special to separate the two, I thought both were hitting it cleanly and there was a plan from the American who continued to take the ball early but Katie got a small look-in at a break point.
The Brit took the break to extend her lead to 4-2, a hold of serve consolidated the break for Katie and she didn’t ave to worry about serving out the match as her powerful forced the error from Gauff and sealed a massive 6-3 5-7 6-2 win over the teenager.
Another big test follows on Tuesday night as Katie will now take on Naomi Osaka for a place in the final eight.