Hemel Hempstead teenager Katy Dunne insists she and doubles partner Katie Boulter will have nothing to lose when they face the number one seeds in the final round of Wimbledon qualifying.
The British pair recovered from losing the first set to prevail in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 against the number eight seeds Stephanie Foretz of France and Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand at the Bank of England Sports Centre, Roehampton.
The duo are the only Brits left in the competition and victory against the Ukrainian pair of Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok will secure Dunne and Boulter a spot in the main draw.
“I’m absolutely chuffed. It was a very good performance from both of us,” said 19-year-old Dunne.
“We didn’t start too well but we stayed cool in the break after the first set and had the confidence that we could come back.
“I was struggling with my serve in the first set but we stayed positive and kept believing that we could do it.
“We may be the last Brits left in the competition but we don’t feel under any pressure. We’re just going to go out and enjoy it.
“We’ve got nothing to lose. We’re playing the number one seeds so all the pressure will be on them. We’re one win away from Wimbledon and we’re going to go for it.”
The pair got off to the worst possible start, with Dunne being broken in the first game and again in the fifth as Foretz and Tanasugarn raced into a 4-1 lead.
And while they reclaimed one of the breaks to reduce the gap to 5-3, they were unable to claw back the difference.
But they came out strongly in the second set, losing just three points on their first two service games and, while Boulter was broken in the fifth game, they broke back immediately and again in the final game to take the set.
With so much at stake in the deciding set both pairs upped the intensity and stretched each other to the limit, with only three of the 12 games going with serve, but the Brits got the crucial break in the final game to progress.
Partner Boulter, 17, said: “It feels great. We always believed that we could do it.
“There’s absolutely no pressure on us. We’re just going to go out there, play and have fun.”
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