BIRMINGHAM, England — Britain’s Katie Boulter couldn’t bring along her title-winning form to the Birmingham Classic.
Two days after winning her first WTA title at the Nottingham Open, Boulter lost in the first round of another grass-court event on home soil, falling 7-5, 7-5 to Lin Zhu of China.
Russian player Anastasia Potapova beat Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4. They also met in March at the Miami Open, where Kostyuk declined to shake Potapova’s hand after losing as the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine spilled over into tennis.
Katie Boulter exits Birmingham in opening round, days after first title