Katie Boulter's dream Wimbledon run is over after she suffered a 6-1 6-1 defeat to Harmony Tan in the third round, whilst Liam Broady also suffered a 6-3 6-4 7-5 defeat to Alex de Minaur as both Brits faced elimination.
The match between Boulter and Tan, which lasted just 51 minutes, was quickly wrapped up by the latter, in a hugely impressive Wimbledon debut.
The result came as a surprise to some after a cheerful Wimbledon crowd watched Boulter cause an upset by stunning sixth seed Karolina Pliskova to reach her first third round at a Grand Slam on Thursday.
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The Brit struggled to contain Tan, who made life difficult for the 25-year-old and progressed to the second week.
Tan had already seen off Wimbledon legend Serena Williams in the first round, as well as 32nd seed Sara Sorribes Tormo, and admitted in her on-court interview that she could not believe how well she has been playing.
After the match, Boulter spoke to the media to address her loss, admitting it was a “difficult one to take”.
"I may have seen it coming a little,” she said. “I started to reach my emotional and physical point where I was struggling a bit this morning in the warm-up.
"It's a step forward in the right direction and I have nothing but positive vibes coming into this week and moving forward for the next few tournaments.”
Broady’s Wimbledon campaign was dismantled in similar fashion, when he was beaten in straight sets by Australian De Minaur.
The 19th seed was by far the superior player as he progressed to the fourth round with relative ease, but Broady went down swinging with some impressive tennis at times.
He threatened an unlikely comeback when he clawed his way back from 3-1 down to five games each in a far more competitive third set, but De Minaur eventually went on to close the match with a fourth match point following a long-winded but decisive 12th game.
“It’s just relief,” De Minaur said after the match. “It was definitely harder out there than I wanted it to be, but at the end of the day this is tennis, and anything can happen, nerves, playing in front of an amazing crowd, amazing court, against a Brit, so it’s never easy.
“More than anything just relieved to be in the second week of Wimbledon.”
It’s the first time De Minaur has reached the second week of Wimbledon, and he has beaten two British players in a row to achieve it.
Before he eliminated Broady, he beat talented youngster Jack Draper to reach the third round.
“It’s incredibly special,” he said. “Wimbledon in itself is such a special tournament so to be able to come here and play here, it’s a true honour. I’m just enjoying every second I can on the grass, and trying to ride this wave.”
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