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Boulter Advances to the Semifinals of the Nottingham Open

Defending champion Katie Boulter defeated Magdalena Frech of Poland in a straight-set match marred by rain, advancing her to the Nottingham Open semifinals.

In 83 minutes, the British player prevailed 6-2 6-4 in the center court contest.

Before the rain started to fall in the opening set, Boulter, 27, came within one point of breaking the serve twice.

After the break, the top-ranked player in the United Kingdom came back to the court and won the following two games to take the opening set.

Fifth seed Frech jumped out to a two-game lead in the second set by taking advantage of Boulter’s distraction.

After that, Boulter won four straight games to seize control of the second set and ultimately serve out the match.

The all-British quarterfinal between Fran Jones and Emma Raducanu, which was postponed on Friday due to inclement weather, will be played against her.

“I’m slowly building momentum and really glad to get through today,” she stated.

“It’s absolutely awesome to see a lot of Brits doing well. We are in a really good place.”

With a three-set victory over American Ashlyn Krueger, Jones guaranteed her spot in the final eight before Boulter hit the court on Friday.

The match was tied at 6-4 4-6 6-5 (30-30) when play was stopped on Thursday. Jones was able to win the match without the need for a tie-break.

Ons Jabeur, the top seed, defeated Czech Linda Fruhvirtova 6-2, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals on court one.

In the round of eight, Jabeur will face Karolina Pliskova, the former world champion.

In other news, fellow former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu defeated four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in three sets in the Libema Open quarterfinals.

Osaka of Japan was defeated 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-3) at the Netherlands competition.

Draper advances to semifinals of Stuttgart Open

Jack Draper, a British player, defeated Frances Tiafoe in three sets to get to the Stuttgart Open semifinals.

The 28th-ranked American was defeated by the 22-year-old 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-1) after trailing in the first set.

The sixth-seeded Draper blasted an incredible 31 aces to secure a matchup with American Brandon Nakashima in the semi-finals.

Due to a shoulder injury, Draper missed the entire grass-court season in 2017, but he is now expected to start Wimbledon as the top-ranked player in the United Kingdom.

Draper will take the top spot among Brits on Monday as a result of Cameron Norrie’s defeat against Jack Pinnington Jones at the Nottingham Open.

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