Karolina Pliskova, 7th player in the world and finalist at Wimbledon in 2021, was eliminated on Tuesday in the 2nd round of the WTA tournament on grass in Eastbourne by the Briton Katie Boulter (N.127), 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Exempted from the first round, Karolina Pliskova, who twice won this preparatory tournament for the British Grand Slam lift, got off to a flying start, leading quickly 5-0 and winning the first set 6-1, even though she had to passage save seven break points.
Managing the decisive points better in the second set, Boulter, who eliminated another Czech, Terez Martincova (N.59) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) in the first round, ended up taking the opposing serve at his 14th opportunity to lead 5-3.
Pliskova however broke in the next game, before committing several faults on her serve to see her opponent return to one set everywhere (6-4).
During the decisive round, twice Boulter made the break before seeing his opponent come back, but Pliskova, seeded N.4, once again cracked at 4-5, offering the best victory of his career to his 25-year-old opponent whose best world ranking was 82nd, at the end of 2018.
In the next round, Boulter could have a third Czech on her way since she will face the winner of the duel between Petra Kvitova, crowned at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, and Croatian Donna Vekic.