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Katie Boulter seals BJK Cup win for Britain over Mexico after Watson defeat

  • Boulter secures 3-1 victory by beating Giuliana Olmos
  • Heather Watson stunned by Mexico’s Marcela Zacarías

Two years ago Katie Boulter soared under suffocating pressure to clinch the decisive victory in their playoff tie against Kazakhstan in what was then the Fed Cup, ending Great Britain’s 26-year absence from the top levels of the competition. It came at a great personal cost: the two three-set matches Boulter battled through led to a stress fracture in her back and a seven-month layoff. Her ranking tumbled outside of the top 400.

The 24-year-old again made the difference on Saturday by riding the pressure to seal a 3-1 win against Mexico in the Billie Jean King Cup play-off with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Giuliana Olmos at the LTA National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. Her victory followed Heather Watson’s 6-3, 7-6 (1) loss to Marcela Zacarías. Boulter will hope that this time round her performance will spark a rise up the rankings once more.

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