Katie Boulter falls to world number 17 Ashleigh Barty in Nottingham
British number four Katie Boulter has lost in straight sets to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty.
The world number 156 had previously never met a player in the top-50 of the world rankings and was competing in her first professional quarter-final.
She was unable to cause too many problems for the world number 17 though, and it took just 61 minutes for Barty to prevail 6-0 6-2.
Boulter nearly started the match perfectly but failed to convert two break points in the opening game. Barty found form after that though to race into a one-set lead.
The Brit struck back at the start of the second set, breaking immediately and saving a break point to go two games up.
Barty broke back straight away though and won six games in a row to secure victory.
The top seed will play Naomi Osaka or Mihaela Buzarnescu in the semi-final.