Katie Boulter wins three-set thriller against Ekaterina Makarova

Boulter came through

Boulter came through

Katie Boulter became the first main-draw victor of an Australian Open super tie-break after stunning 2015 semi-finalist Ekaterina Makarova in Melbourne on Monday.

Boulter was tied in a gruelling battle against opponent Ekaterina Makarova, when she experienced the Australian Open's new tiebreak rule first-hand.

British No. 2 Katie Boulter scored a weird and brilliant first-round win over Ekaterina Makarova, an experienced Russian with a fine record in Melbourne, after playing the first-ever 10-point tie-break to be contested at a grand-slam singles tournament.

When she smacked a clean forehand victor up the line to move 7-4 ahead in the tie-break, she exulted with a multiple fist-pump and moved forward to the net.

The Australian Open introduced the first-to-10 tie-break format in deciding sets for this year's grand slam.

The 22-year-old, fresh from her exploits in the Hopman Cup with Cameron Norrie, remained ice cool in the heat as she beat the former world No 8 6-0 4-6 7-6 (6) in just under two-and-a-half hours.

In the second round Boulter faces Belarusian hotshot Aryna Sabalenka, who thrashed Anna Kalinskaya 6-1 6-4 in quick fashion. However, she lost the second set before fighting out the tense decider.

The British No 2 arrived at Melbourne Park on the back of securing a deal with David Beckham's and Neymar's agent, Simon Oliveira.

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