Katie Boulter breaks into world top 100 after rapid rise with British star now targeting the elite

KATIE BOULTER is confident she will become a top tennis star after breaking into the WTA’s top 100 for the first time.

The Brit, 22, is now ranked 96th in the world following her run to the quarter-finals at last week’s Tianjin Open.

 Katie Boulter is now ranked 96th in the world -- her highest career placing

5
Katie Boulter is now ranked 96th in the world — her highest career placing

Boulter was beaten in China by Czech World No.5 Karolina Pliskova in only her second quarter-final at WTA level.

Given that she was ranked 889th in the world three years ago, she has made considerable improvement since then.

Speaking to SunSport, Boulter said: “Making the top 100 has been this milestone that I’ve been working towards for the past couple of years.

“But now I’m there it has just inspired me to work even harder to continue climbing up the rankings.

 The 22-year-old is on the verge of reclaiming her spot as Britain's No.2 female tennis star

5
The 22-year-old is on the verge of reclaiming her spot as Britain's No.2 female tennis star

“Though it’s been a relatively rapid rise – with a thousand places in a little over two years – it feels very much like it’s been a constant effort.

“That said, I can feel my mentality and confidence has started to shift as I get more exposure to the best players in the world.

“Now I know I’ve got what it takes to get to the top of the women’s game.”

The Leicester-born player is expected to replace Heather Watson next week as the British No.2 player.

 Boutler is determined to qualify on a regular basis for the main draw of the tennis majors.

5
Boutler is determined to qualify on a regular basis for the main draw of the tennis majors.

Ambitious Boulter has only made one appearance in the main draw of a major – the 2018 Wimbledon championship – but she believes that will change in 2019.

She added: “I hope to play in each of the main draw of the Grand Slams, starting with the Australian Open in January which I hope will be the first Slam I play without the need for a wildcard.

“I enjoy testing my game on the world’s biggest stages and hope that as I get more exposure I will continue to grow as a player.”

 The Leicestershire star reached the last eight of the Tianjin Open last week -- her second WTA quarter-final appearance

5
The Leicestershire star reached the last eight of the Tianjin Open last week — her second WTA quarter-final appearance
 Boulter reached the second round of 2018 Wimbledon, losing to US Open champion Naomi Osaka

5
Boulter reached the second round of 2018 Wimbledon, losing to US Open champion Naomi Osaka

KATIE BOULTER is confident she will become a top tennis star after breaking into the WTA’s top 100 for the first time.