December 29, 2023

United Cup 2023 as it happened: Australia down 2-0 after de Minaur and Tomljanovic lose opening matches

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12.46am

Goodbye

That’s all from us today. A bit of a disappointing day for team Australia, but a hard ask to play Great Britain first up.

We’ll be bringing you more United Cup action tomorrow from Sydney, and team Australia will be back in action on New Year’s Day when they play the United States from 8pm AEDT.

Stay safe, and enjoy your night.

12.43am

Australia down 2-0 after Tomljanovic loses to Boulter

Team Australia are down 2-0 against Great Britain after Ajla Tomljanovic lost in straight sets to Katie Boulter.

It was a comprehensive and convincing victory on Boulter’s behalf, winning 6-2, 6-4 to send Great Britain to the top of group C.

12.40am

Tomljanovic survives service game

Tomljanovic survives her service game, but now she has to do something she hasn’t done all match – break Boulter’s serve.

It’s a big ask for the Aussie at the death, but if she wants any chance of taking this match to a third set, she needs to find something in her.

Tomljanovic has to break Boulter’s serve to stay in the match.Credit: Getty

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12.35am

Tomljanovic serving to stay in the match

Ajla Tomljanovic is serving to stay in the match, with Katie Boulter ahead 5-3 in this second set.

Tomljanovic almost broke Boulter’s serve for the first time in this match, but Boulter was able to hold her nerve and win the game.

12.25am

Boulter saves three break points

Boulter is ahead 4-2 in this second set after saving three break-points in the last game.

There’s a lot more fight in Tomljanovic’s game, but it’s crucial she holds her serve in this game.

Katie Boulter serves.Credit: Getty

12.15am

‘Slow to react’: Tomljanovic

Listening to Tomljanoivc on her player mic, she’s telling her coach she feels “slow to react” on Boulter’s first serve.

She’s not sure whether she should just pick a side and go for it, or wait to see where the ball is going.

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12.12am

Frustrating start to second set for Tomljanovic

Boulter is well and truly in control of this match.

Even when Tomljanovic approaches the net or sends a drop shot her way, Boulter fights back with a shot of her own.

It looks pretty frustrating out there for the Aussie because some of the games she’s losing she deserves to win.

yesterday 11.58pm

Boulter firing in second set

It’s another strong start for Boulter, who’s up 2-0 in the second set.

After breaking Tomljanovic’s service game to start the set, she’s backed it up with a strong hold of serve.

yesterday 11.47pm

Boulter wins first set

Katie Boulter has taken out the first set 6-2 in 35 minutes.

Boulter’s pace, and her speed between points, looks like it’s throwing Tomljanovic off her game, and she’s struggling keep up.

A new set and fresh start coming up, but at this point Boulter looks too dominant.

Katie Boulter of Great Britain wins the firs set against Ajla Tomljanovic.Credit: Getty

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yesterday 11.35pm

Tomljanovic on the board

Finally, Tomljanovic is on the board in this opening set.

Boulter leads 4-1, but there’s still time for Tomljanovic to fight back. It was a gusty hold in that last game, and a small victory she needed to regain some confidence.

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