America’s Lauren Davis will play Britain’s Katie Boulter in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Nottingham Open on Friday, June 11. Get the live streaming options of this Lauren Davis v Katie Boulter match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Lauren Davis v Katie Boulter Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between the 27-year-old Davis and 24-year-old Boulter.
Davis Edges Out Riske
No. 14 seed Lauren Davis of America moved into the quarterfinals at the Nottingham Open after winning a thrilling three-setter against compatriot and second seed Alison Davis in a third-round match that started on Thursday but finished on Friday.
The World No. 86 Davis needed two hours and 35 minutes to take the contest 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4.
The 27-year-old saved all five of the break points that she faced in the contest while converting two of four.
The win improved Davis to 10-10 this year, including her two qualifying round wins in Guadalajara.
The American, who reached the third round at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2019, ended a three-match losing streak in the second round on Wednesday, when she rallied from a set down to beat Britain’s Harriet Dart 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The 2017 Auckland champion had reached the quarterfinals in Guadalajara earlier this year, winning four in a row, including two qualifiers, before falling in the last eight to Italian qualifier Elisabetta Cocciaretto.
Davis’s biggest win this year came against Sofia Kenin in the Round of 32 at the Volvo Car Open, when she rallied from a set down to beat the World No. 4. She had begun the WTA 500 event in Charleston with a win against Madison Brengle, however, was denied a place in the last eight by Cori Gauff.
Boulter Trumps Watson
A stress fracture in the back followed by the coronavirus pandemic and a huge fall in the rankings, the last two years haven’t been too kind to Britain’s Katie Boulter. But the 24-year-old seems to have to have recaptured her 2018-2019 form, as she notched her third consecutive win at the Nottingham Open on Thursday to return to the quarterfinals, three years after reaching that stage in the same event.
The Briton, currently ranked 262nd in the world, defeated compatriot and ninth seed Heather Watson 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in a third-round contest on Thursday that lasted an hour and 38 minutes.
The 24-year-old, who won 73% (24 of 33) second-serve points, had six break points in the match and she converted two of them. Watson, meanwhile, got just one break in the match as Boulter saved the other two break points that she faced.
Yet to drop a set this week, Boulter defeated Colombia’s Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 6-2, 6-3 in the first round on Monday, before knocking out the sixth seed Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-3 in the second round on Wednesday.
Boulter, who reached a career-high ranking of 82 in 2019, suffered a stress fracture in the back the same year that kept her out of action for months. She had reached the last eight in Nottingham in 2018 by defeating Yanina Wickmayer and Sam Stosur in the first two rounds, but fell to Ash Barty in the quarterfinals.
She improved to 6-5 on the tour this year. Her best came at the Gipplsland Trophy, where she beat Ana Kalinskaya and Cori Gauff before going down fighting against Naomi Osaka in three.
Davis v Boulter Prediction and Tip
Davis is higher ranked and seeded in the tournament, but she can expect a tough fight from Boulter, who is in exceptional form, having reached the quarterfinals without dropping a set. Davis will also be tired having played a very close three-setter earlier in the day.