Liam Broady has lost his third round Wimbledon clash against Australian Alex De Minaur 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 – the second British hopeful to crash out of the Grand Slam today after Katie Boulter was brushed aside by France’s Harmony Tan 6-1, 6-1 in just 51 minutes.
Broady, 28, put on a valiant display, breaking back in the last set to almost push De Minaur, 23, into a tie-break, making him play match point four times before hitting a ball short to give him the win.
De Minaur’s victory may be a silver lining for Boulter, 25, – the Aussie is her boyfriend – after she received a thrashing from Tan, 24, on Court 2 this morning.
De Minaur said he was ‘just relieved’ to get through to the second week after having become visibly nervy when serving for the match, which he had to do twice after he was broken at the first try.
There were huge cheers when the interviewer asked if he had won over the British crowd, despite now knocking out two Brits, to which he replied while smirking: ‘Well that sounded good to me.’
It comes after he went viral for choosing to shine a light on his girlfriend following his previous victory against Jack Draper, telling the crowds: ‘Can we talk about Katie Boulter?!’
Britain’s number three struggled to cope with Frenchwoman Tan’s variety of play and signature drop shots today, which saw her knock out titan Serena Williams in a first round epic.
Tan dominated proceedings, winning 86 per cent of points at the net and smashing 16 winners compared to Boulter’s eight.
Boulter also made 21 unforced errors to Tan’s five and struggled with her serve, losing match point with a painful double fault and only managing one ace in the match, while Tan had four.
British hopes will now turn to Heather Watson, who has a fourth round clash against Germany’s Jule Niemeier on Sunday.
It comes as a cast of famous faces were spotted at SW19 on Saturday, including, yet again, Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and England manager Gareth Southgate.
Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black were also in the box, as were a string of Olympic heroes including gymnast Max Whitlock and swimmer Adam Peaty.
They will likely be looking forward to one of two big matches happening at around 4pm, including Rafael Nadal’s clash against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego on Centre Court.
However the main attraction this afternoon will be the head-to-head between the ‘bad boy’ of tennis Nick Kygrios and the number four seed from Greece, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Liam Broady, 28, put on a valiant display, breaking back in the last set to almost push Alex De Minaur, 23, into a tie-break, making him play match point four times before hitting a ball short to give him the win
De Minaur and Broady shake hands after the Aussia dispatched of the Brit in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
Katie Boulter lost her third round Wimbledon clash against France’s Harmony Tan after being brushed aside 6-1 6-1 in just under an hour of play
Tan dominated proceedings, winning 86% of points at the net and smashing 16 winners compared to Boulter’s eight
The grandfather of Katie Boulter (left of the empty seat) during her third round match at Wimbledon today
British diving Olympic champion Tom Daley waves to the crowd from the box with his husband Dustin Lance Black sitting beside him
Tom Daley rocked a mustard suit and pink tie as he attended day six of Wimbledon with husband Dustin Lance Black, who opted for a blue suit and matching patterned tie
Jennifer Dodds, Eve Muirhead and Tom Daley in the Royal Box during day six of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships
Sir Cliff Richard watches on from the royal box on centre court during the third round of Wimbledon 2022
Gareth Southgate in the Royal Box during day six of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Anna Wintour watches on during day six of the 2022 Wimbledon championships
14-times Paralympic Games gold medallist Sir Lee Pearson (left) in the Royal Box during day six of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Anna Wintour rocked a leather jacket and a bejewelled necklace at Wimbledon on Saturday
Fashion icon and Vogue’s editor-in-chief was spotted at Wimbledon again today, rocking her signature black sunglasses and bob hair do
Tom Daley paired his mustard suit with a brown over-the-should satchel, while right, Cliff Richard in a striped blue and purple blazer
British boxer and gold-medal Olympian Yafai Galal claps during Day Six of Wimbledon 2022
Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Talulah Riley watch on from the stands on day six of the Wimbledon championships
Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Talulah Riley kiss while watching a match during Day Six of Wimbledon 2022
British golfer Matt Fitzpatrick donned a grey suit and tie as he watched on at day six of Wimbledon
Rugby players Emily Scarratt and Sarah Hunter are announced in the Royal Box before Coco Gauff of the US plays against her compatriot Amanda Anisimova in their third round match on day six
Rugby legend Matt Dawson was among the famous faces seen pottering around SW19 on day six of the Wimbledon championships
England manager Gareth Southgate arriving during day six of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Olympic heroes Max Whitlock (left, with wife Leah Hickton) and (right) Adam Peaty, with girlfriend Eiranedd Munro
In her post match courtside interview today, Tan said she ‘cannot believe’ how well she is playing this week, adding that she ‘really likes the grass’ and being able to volley more.
She added: ‘It was really emotional after the first match with Serena, then I just played it match by match.’
‘Today was really good tennis,’ she added, laughing, ‘I don’t know why, it depends on the day, you know?’
There were high hopes for Boulter after she came back from a set down to beat last year’s finalist Karolina Pliskova on Thursday.
The rising star – who has posed for Vogue and often shares glamorous snaps on her Instagram – saw off the Czech in three dramatic sets on Centre Court on Thursday to make the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Holding back tears in a post-match interview, she revealed her tragic loss as her family, who also appeared emotional, watched on.
Among the relatives in the stands was her grandfather, who invented the anti-theft tags found on clothes in shops.
British hopes will now turn to Heather Watson, who has a fourth round clash against Germany’s Jule Niemeier on Sunday
Jeremy Bates, coach of Boulter, looked on as the British hopeful struggled to find an answer to Tan’s variety of shots
Katie Boulter is looking to secure a place in the second week of Wimbledon today as she faces Harmony Tan in the third round of the tennis Grand Slam (pictured today)
The 25-year-old British hopeful faces a tough task against Frenchwoman Harmony Tan (pictured today), who is on a roll after knocking out titan Serena Williams in a nail-biting first round battle
Boulter arrives to court on Saturday for a third round match against France’s Harmony Tan
In her post match courtside interview, Tan said she ‘cannot believe’ how well she is playing this week, adding that she ‘really likes the grass’ and being able to volley more
Katie Boulter produced the biggest win of her career by upsetting Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova on Centre Court to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time this week
Boulter came from behind after being beaten 6-3 in the first set, despite the perfect start in which she broke serve to win the first game.
But Boulter then launched a stunning comeback – aided by several well-judged challenges to the umpire – to win the second set 7-6, and set up a grandstand finish in SW19.
The 25-year-old – whose boyfriend is top-ranked Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur- then found another gear to clinch the decisive third set 6-4.
The home crowd roared in support of the rising star, who delivered a surprise victory over the world number six, off the back of the double disappointment of defeats for Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray a day earlier.
Speaking on court afterwards, the 5ft11 player dedicated the victory to her grandmother who died on Tuesday – the same day Boulter romped to her first victory of the tournament, when she beat Clara Burel of France in straight sets.
Addressing the crowd in an interview with the BBC, she said: ‘I’ve got absolutely no words right now. The crowd was unbelievable, thank you so much for getting me through that.
‘I’m going to get emotional. My gran passed away two days ago so I’d just like to dedicate that to her today.
‘Honestly, it’s a dream come true for me. I’ve hopefully got many more matches to play and if I’ve got you guys behind me for those, hopefully I can go a long way, so thank you very much.’
The British number three was in tears in her post-match interview on Centre Court as she dedicated the 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-4 win to her gran having learned of her passing just after Tuesday’s first-round win over Clara Burel.
‘I actually had a phone call from my grandpa the night before I played,’ said the 25-year-old, who is through to the third round of a grand slam for the first time.
Katie Boulter made the perfect start at Wimbledon today as she broke serve to win the first game in her second-round clash with Karolina Pliskova
Katie Boulter in action during her second round match against Pliskova. The British number three went into the match full of confidence after a fine run of tournaments on the grass, including victory over Pliskova in Eastbourne last week
Katie said that her ‘granny’ had been an inspiration, and loved tennis. She would always attend Wimbledon, with her death this week shattering her family
A tearful Miss Boulter revealed that her grandmother had died the night before her first match at Wimbledon
‘He didn’t mention anything, but he kind of gave me the inkling that it might be coming. I didn’t know anything until after my first match where my mum basically pulled me aside and told me after the first match.
‘It’s been a tough few days for sure. I’ve tried to kind of get my emotions out and deal with the situation, try and keep my head on the tennis. I was lucky because my grandpa managed to come down from Leicester, so we could keep him company and keep supporting him at the same time.’
Boulter’s family lived the match with her from the player box, and she said of her grandmother: ‘Her favourite tournament was Wimbledon. That’s why it’s a special one for me. She’d watch every single match that was on the TV.
‘She’s always someone who’s been right into tennis from stage one. She lives just down the road from the tennis club. That’s the tennis club that I started playing tennis at.
‘Leicestershire is very close to my heart. I’ve spent a lot of time on the courts there with my grandparents and my family. It’s a lot of memories. Ones I cherish.’
The British number three went into the match full of confidence after a fine run of tournaments on the grass, including victory over Pliskova in Eastbourne last week.
And, after defeats for Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray on Wednesday, Boulter thrilled the home crowd by coming from a set down to win 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-4.