Britain’s Katie Boulter says she feels stronger than ever as she received her grass-court marketing campaign off to a successful begin in Nottingham.
The 24-year-old world quantity 262 beat Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 6-2 6-Three within the first spherical at an occasion going down three weeks earlier than Wimbledon.
“I am getting closer to where I want to be,” stated Boulter, who was ranked within the prime 100 earlier than a again harm two years in the past.
“I feel my game is in a good place.”
She added: “I feel stronger than I ever have before and I hope I can go a lot further this year. I want to get my ranking up, that’s my number one goal and get back to where I was and push forward from there.”
She is joined within the second spherical by Harriet Dart, who beat fellow Briton Emma Raducanu 6-Three 6-4.
Compatriot Francesca Jones was additionally poised to progress as she led Georgina Garcia Perez 3-1 within the third set, however the Spaniard then required a medical time-out, which resulted in Jones affected by full physique cramps.
Jones couldn’t get well from then and was crushed 4-6 6-Three 6-4.
Meanwhile, within the males’s Challenger occasion in Nottingham, British primary Dan Evans recovered from a set all the way down to beat Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) to advance.