Boulter reaches Nottingham Open semi-finals

 

Defending champion Katie Boulter is through to the Nottingham Open semi-finals after a rain-interrupted straight-set win over Poland’s Magdalena Frech.

The Briton won the match on centre court 6-2 6-4 in 83 minutes.

Boulter, 27, was a point away from a double break of serve in the first set before the rain started to fall.

The British number one returned to the court after the delay to win the next two games to claim the first set.

Fifth seed Frech capitalised on a lapse in concentration from Boulter in the second set and raced into a two-game lead.

Boulter then reeled off four games in a row to take control of the second set and eventually serve out for the match.

She will play the winner of the all-British quarter-final between Emma Raducanu and Fran Jones.

"I'm slowly building momentum and really glad to get through today," she said.

It's absolutely awesome to see a lot of Brits doing well. We are in a really good place."

Before Boulter took to centre court on Friday, Jones secured her place in the last eight with a three-set win over American Ashlyn Krueger.

Play was suspended on Thursday with the match locked at 6-4 4-6 6-5 (30-30) but Jones was able to close out the victory.

Over on court one, top seed Ons Jabeur raced into the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-1 win over Czech Linda Fruhvirtova.

Jabeur will take on former world number one Karolina Pliskova in the last eight.

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