US Open: Katie Boulter comes through in three sets against Wang Yafan to reach third round

British No 1 Katie Boulter battled back from a set down to beat in-form Wang Yafan and set-up a winnable third-round meeting with American Peyton Stearns at the US Open.

Wang was on an 11-match winning streak but it was put to an end by Boulter, who matched her run at Wimbledon this summer by fighting back to win 5-7 6-1 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes on Court 5.

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Boulter was delighted after fighting back to beat Wang

“I’m obviously super happy. At the start of the match I was a little bit nervous and finishing it was a little bit nervous as well but I’m really proud of myself about the way I handled it and managed to get over the line,” Boulter told Sky Sports’ Tennis.

“I’ve got a few things to work on but I’m sure I’ll bounce back. I loved it out there. It was packed and I think that’s what got me over the line today. I’m so happy.”

In a tight first set, Boulter retrieved an early break, was given a warning for angrily swatting the ball away and had three set points on the Wang serve.

But she was unable to convert any of them and Wang promptly broke to wrap up the set.

However Boulter, from Leicester, cleared her head impressively and dominated the second set to level the match.

Having broken again for 5-4 in the decider she suffered a horrible wobble, throwing in two double faults in the first three points.

But once again Boulter recovered her composure and wrapped up a fine win when Wang hit the net.

Navratilova impressed with Boulter’s attitude

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Martina Navratilova was full of praise for Boulter after her win

“She reacted beautifully after losing the first set,” said tennis legend Martina Navratilova.

“She really recovered well and held her nerve and attitude to make it work.”

Tale of the Tape

Wang vs Boulter: Tale of the Tape

Wang Match Stats Boulter
4 Aces 3
6 Double Faults 9
69% 1st serve win percentage 70%
40% 2nd serve win percentage 49%
3/11 Break points won 5/9
17 Total winners 37
32 Unforced errors 39
88 Total points won 98

Who’s next for Boulter?

Peyton Stearns of the United States in action against Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria in the first round on Day 2 of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2023 in New York City (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)
Peyton Stearns will take on Boulter for a spot in the last 16 at Flushing Meadows on Saturday

Boulter will face 21-year-old American Peyton Stearns, the world No 59, in what looks a very favourable draw, for a place in the last 16.

Burrage knocked out by Sabalenka

Jodie Burrage of Great Britain returns a shot against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus during their Women's Singles Second Round match on Day Four of the 2023 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2023 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Jodie Burrage was outclassed by big-hitting Aryna Sabalenka

British No 2 Jodie Burrage was knocked out, however, losing 6-3 6-2 but by no means being outclassed by second seed Aryna Sabalenka.

“Obviously not the result I was looking for, but I had a pretty tough opponent,” said Burrage. “I thought she played really well today. She served really well, especially in the big moments.

“But I’m happy with how I played in a way and happy with how I was on the court.

“It’s a big occasion and you’re playing a big player like that. And I’m happy with the way I went about it. I didn’t feel out of place out there at all.”

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Highlights of Aryna Sabalenka’s second round victory against Jodie Burrage

The US Open on Sky Sports: How and where to watch

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Watch the US Open live and exclusive on Sky Sports up until September 10. All courts will be available to watch for the first time

The US Open is back on Sky Sports with the promise to give fans live coverage of the Grand Slam like never before.

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Relive Andy Murray’s rollercoaster career at the US Open, which saw him claim his maiden major title in 2012

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