Brit Katie Boulter broke down in tears after she beat former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova at Wimbledon yesterday, dedicating her win to her grandmother, who passed away, aged 83, on Tuesday.

She also thanked the crowd for inspiring her to victory in her debut match on Centre Court.

“My gran passed away two days ago, so I’d like to dedicate that to her today,” Boulter said.

Katie Boulter wins her second round match. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

“The crowd was unbelievable.”

“Thank you so much for getting me through that. It’s a dream come true. If I can have you behind me, I can go a long way.”

She will face Harmony Tan in the third round on Saturday.