The home team has given Wimbledon fans plenty to shout for as the 2022 Championships got underway: nine British men and women earned second-round berths, making for the largest contingent since 1997.
Looking to shine brightest of the bunch is 25-year-old Katie Boulter, who faces former world No. 1 and 2021 finalist Karolina Pliskova on Thursday.
Boulter will feel a slight déjà vu—having just beaten Pliskova last week in Eastbourne—but the Brit has an opportunity for a full-circle victory on Centre Court after coming agonizingly close to a breakthrough win over Aryna Sabalenka 12 months earlier.
“I learnt from my mistakes against Sabalenka,” she assured media after her first-round win over Clara Burel. “When I was playing Pliskova last week, it did make a difference to me because I know I can be in those places.
“Over the past few years, I've had a lot of close matches with very, very good players, but I could never quite get over the line. I feel like I now have the belief to be able to do that. Hopefully I can produce that more and more.”