Tricky moment British tennis player runs to the net and shouts with delight thinking she won a contest – only to discover that she still has three points to go
- Katie Boulter fisted to celebrate what she thought was the winning point
- But the new & # 39; super tie-break & # 39; rule seemed to have lost its head on Monday
- She had won the seventh point of the tie-break when she had to win ten
- Australian Open Officials changed rules to put an end to the marathon finals sets
Charlie Coë for Daily Mail Australia
A British tennis player celebrated with an eccentric fist pump thinking she had won her first round in the Australian Open – just to realize that she had forgotten a tweet in the rules of the tournament.
The new & # 39; super tie-break & # 39; appeared on Monday to be Britain's leader No.2 Katie Boulter when she took the victory over Russian player Ekaterina Makarova.
A change in format in Melbourne means that players who are tied to the final by 6-6 in the final must win ten points to win tie-break instead of the conventional seven.
A British tennis player celebrates with an exultant fist pump (photo) thinking she won her first round at the Australian Open – just to realize that she had forgotten a tweak in the tournament's rules book
Seemingly concealed in the moment after she had thrown a front hand past her opponent to make it 7-4 in a decisive set tie-break, the British No. 2 Katie Boulter exclaimed in joy and advanced to the net (pictured) as if he Makarova & # 39; s wanted to shake hands-
But apparently fouled in the moment after she had driven her hand past her opponent to make it 7-4 in a decisive set tie-break, Boulter screamed in joy and moved to the net as if to shake Makarova's hand .
A Makarova challenge did not succeed in overthrowing the referee's call that the ball was in hand – but a little later Boulter's expression of elation led to frustration.
Makarova got the score back to 7-6 when she took advantage of the British player's confusion over the new rules, but Boulter twisted herself from then on.
A challenge from Makarova failed to overthrow the referee's call that the ball was in – but moments later, Boulter's expression changed from elation to frustration (photo)
The Leicestershire-born 22-year-old finished taking the victory 6-0,4-6, 7-6 (10-6) to earn a spot in the second round.
After her hard-fought victory, Boulter admitted that she had simply forgotten the new rule because she concentrated her energy on putting her opponent out of her mind.
& # 39; I had seen it on Twitter very often and many people were talking about it, & # 39; she said.
After her hard-fought victory, Boulter admitted that she had simply forgotten the new rule because she concentrated her energy on outmaneuvering her opponent (post-match tweet pictured by Boulter)
Boulter's memorable victory (Monday pictured in action against Makarova) was the only bright spot on another miserable day for British damin tennis, while Heather Watson and Harriet Dart lost their singles match-ups
& # 39; I am fully focused on everything I do and stay in the process and it is very difficult to think about it when it is a new rule. & # 39;
Boulter's memorable victory was the only bright spot on another miserable day for British ladies' trench, while Heather Watson and Harriet Dart lost their singles match-ups.
The new 10-point tiebreak rule is set to prevent matches from continuing until a player has two games free.
If enforced at the other Grand Slam tournaments, the rule would mean that the historic 70-68 final set victory of singles player John Isner over Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 will never be equaled again.
The new tie-break rule of the Australian Open
Organizers have seemingly tried to stop the final sets indefinitely until a player has two games ahead
At 6-6 in the final, players in the singles, doubles, juniors, wheelchairs and quad singles-games now play a tie-break of first to 10 points
The winner must also be two points free of his opponent – as with a conventional tie-break
The normal finish line of a tie break is only seven points