Boulter seals GB victory over Mexico in Billie Jean King Cup playoff

Boulter, who also won her opening match on Friday, beat Giulliana Olmos 6-4 6-1to seal a 3-1 triumph at the National Tennis Centre in London. 

The result means Britain go forward to a first-round tie next February, where victory would see them qualify for the finals week for the first time.

Britain went into the clash as heavy favourites but a 6-3 7-6 (1) defeat for Heather Watson against Marcela Zacarias earlier on Saturday added some tension to what had appeared a straightforward assignment.

Boulter was given the nod for the second singles spot despite a lowly ranking of 291 that is a legacy of the serious back injury she sustained while guiding Britain to victory over Kazakhstan in the same competition – then known as Fed Cup – in 2019.

This was her first appearance since and once again she has shown she is a player who relishes the pressure occasions, with the victory over Olmos her seventh from eight singles matches in the competition.

Olmos, who lost to Watson on Friday, is ranked outside the top 400 in singles but is a top-50 doubles player and initially competed well with Boulter after a long break in proceedings for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

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But the big-hitting British player took her fifth set point to clinch the opener and, as in her first match, did not look back.

Earlier, Watson was unable to win the battle of the number ones against a player ranked more than 200 places lower.

Zacarias had only previously beaten a top-100 player once in her career, six years ago, but her consistency and willingness to chase down ball after ball saw her come out on top against an erratic Watson.

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