Britain's Katie Boulter wins first 10-point tie-break after initial confusion

Katie Boulter Australian Open Melbourne

Bizarre scenes as British star celebrates victory way too early

Katie Boulter has created some history at the Australian Open but not before a hilarious gaffe after her first-round win.

On her first appearance in a main draw of a Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon, the 22-year-old put in a solid performance.

British No. 2 Katie Boulter scored a freakish and brilliant first-round win over Ekaterina Makarova, an experienced Russian with a fine record in Melbourne, after playing the first-ever 10-point tie-break to be contested at a grand-slam singles tournament.

However she appeared to celebrate at 7-4 in the super tie-break, confused about the new format.

To Boulter's credit, she quickly regrouped after the confusion and went on to claim a 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (10-6) victory over Makarova, an accomplished 30-year-old opponent who reached the semi-finals here in 2015.

Katie Boulter celebrated her first round win a little early forgetting the new tie-break rules.

Boulter will face No 11 seed Aryna Sabalenka in the second round.

She remained calm after losing the second set and held her nerve when serving at 6-5 down in the third, with four fearsome serves to clinch the game to love.

The British No 2 arrived at Melbourne Park on the back of securing a deal with David Beckham's and Neymar's agent, Simon Oliveira.

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