Birmingham Classic: Katie Boulter retires after one set as Harriet Dart takes victory | tennis news

Katie Boulter had to withdraw from the Birmingham Classic after Anhelina Kalinina took the first set 6-3.

The match took place just two days after No. 4 seed Boulter clinched back-to-back titles in Nottingham with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Karolina Pliskova.

Boulter had won an all-British matchup against Emma Raducanu in the semi-finals in three sets, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. She was down a set when play was suspended Saturday night before continuing on Sunday.

“I’m fine,” said a hoarse Boulter, who has been fighting a cold for the past week.

“It was obviously a long 10 days. I wanted to come here anyway, I wanted to try, but I’m not ready yet. I was quite sick in Nottingham, but I tried to stay in the tournament as long as possible.” I could, no matter how bad I felt.

“From my third game I was really struggling. But I just tried to get through it and finish the week. It’s probably a combination of everything.”

Harriet Dart is qualified for the second round after a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 victory over qualifier Moyuka Uchijima, but a wild card. Heather Watson suffered a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 loss to Marie Bouzkova in Birmingham.

In a match that lasted just under three hours, Bouzkova came back from 5-2 down in the deciding set to take the victory.

Elsewhere, world number 8 Zheng Qinwen claimed a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Naomi Osaka in the first round of the Berlin Open.

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Highlights from the match between Naomi Osaka and Qinwen Zheng in Rome

Zheng scored 23 aces during the match, which is the most so far in a WTA Tour match this season.

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