Monday, August 1, 2022

Katie Nation: Katie Boulter loses a heartbreaker to Pliskova in San Jose

Katie lost a heartbreaker!

Katie fell to Pliskova 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the first round of San Jose.

Katie had 3 aces and 5 DF's, but Pliskova had 8 aces and 16 DF's! Katie won only 32 percent of her second serves, but Pliskova won only 29 percent. In other words, this was an ugly match.

They were a combined 14 breaks of serve in the match. Katie won more points, 93-92, but lost the match. I hate it when that happens!

Katie dominated the first set, but Pliskova took a 5-1 lead in the second set. Then Katie rallied and Pliskova choked. Katie won 4 straight games. Pliskova broke Katie, but then Katie broke right back to force a tiebreak.

Katie led 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 in the breaker, but Pliskova won the final 3 points.

They traded breaks of serve twice, but Pliskova broke one last time for a 5-3 lead and then held to finish it off in 2:15. 

Tough loss Katie and on her birthday. Happy Birthday Katie! Hopefully she will be back even stronger in her next tournament.

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