Katie Boulter is backing Great Britain to rise to the occasion in Glasgow: “With a home crowd behind us, you never know what can happen. We love an underdog. Let’s hope we can bring a bit of Emma Raducanu magic to Billie Jean King Cup. We have no pressure, we have nothing to lose at all”
Katie Boulter hopes Great Britain can bring some “Emma Raducanu magic” to the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Glasgow this week.
Britain will take on Kazakhstan, featuring Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, and Paula Badosa’s Spain in round-robin matches at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, needing to win the group to progress to the semi-finals.
That tie saw Raducanu make her senior debut for Britain, and the absence of the 19-year-old is undoubtedly a blow both on court and to the profile of the event.
The former US Open champion has not recovered in time from a wrist injury, leaving 95th-ranked Harriet Dart to lead the team against some of the best players in the world.
Boulter said: “She’s a huge asset to our team and of course we all wish her well. Health is the priority and I hope she gets better. But it’s time for the girls to step up and I know they will. I have great belief in every single one of them.
“With a home crowd behind us, you never know what can happen. We love an underdog. Let’s hope we can bring a bit of Emma Raducanu magic to Billie Jean King Cup. We have no pressure, we have nothing to lose at all.”
Boulter is ranked down at 130 but has proved, especially on the big stage, that her powerful game and fighting spirit can carry her to victory over much higher-ranked players.
On the grass this summer she claimed six wins over top-100 players, including beating 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova twice.
“What you always have to remember is every single player is human,” said Boulter. “You’ve just got to be better than the person on the other side of the net that day.
“I take rankings with a pinch of salt. I’ve played some really good tennis probably higher than my ranking, and lower than my ranking, and that gives me hope that I know I can go out there and play some of the best in the world and have a shot.”