Birmingham Classic: Katie Boulter beaten by Simona Halep in quarterfinals
Katie Boulter’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals in classic Birmingham ended in a straight loss to Mark Alp.
The Briton started well against the 2019 Wimbledon champions, but Halep made it 6-4, 6-1.
Boulter can see a very positive result from his performance here, just 10 days away from Wimbledon.
In the first round she defeated American actress Alison Riska and entered the top 40 for the first time. She achieved the biggest victory of her career.
It was followed by a slight victory in a set over fourth-ranked former Frenchman Caroline Garcia.
But second-ranked Aleppo is too big a challenge for the world number 141
The British put pressure on the No. 1 seed in the Old World early on and secured two break points in Roma’s first serve.
He then saved three break points 4-4, but made a double mistake in the fourth quarter to give Aleppo a crucial break, which the Romans determined.
Boulter showed his famous fighting spirit as he came down early in the second half and scored immediately. However, it was the last game he won, with Aleppo winning the next five to decide the game.
In her first plant tournament since she missed Wimbledon last year due to injury, Romanian Camilla Giorgio from Italy or Beatrice Haddad-Maya from Brazil – last week’s Nottingham champions – will claim a place in the final on Sunday.
Solana Kostya, in sixth place, advanced to the semifinals when she defeated Croatian Donna and Kachi 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in milk.
She met eight Chinese players Zhang Shuai, who defeated Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska 7-5, 6-4.
After attending Friday’s event, Boulterwill turn his eyes to Eastbourne International next week.