Wimbledon 2017: Katie Boulter makes impressive Grand Slam debut with valiant defeat to world No60 Christina McHale KATIE BOULTER proved she belongs in big competitions but still came up just short on her Wimbledon debut. Boulter, 20, was making her first ever Grand Slam appearance after being handed a wildcard by tournament organisers. Katie Boulter, 20, was making her first ever Grand Slam appearance. Katie Boulter lost to Christina McHale 3-6 7-5. But despite an impressive display she lost out to American Christina McHale in a close encounter 3-6, 7-5. There were few signs of any nerves on the big occasion as she through down the gauntlet to the world No60 with a series of emphatic ground strokes. The rising star from Leicestershire soon had the Court 12 crowd cheering her every move, breaking McHale in the fourth game of the first set which she wrapped up 6-3. McHale gradually worked her way back into the match in the second, and she secured a second break of the set in the crucial 12th game to level the scores at one-apiece. But Boulter hit back immediately to break in the first game of the third set as she refused to buckle under the pressure her more experienced opponent was putting her under. Ranked 238 in the world, Boulter should have been a comfortable opponent for McHale to deal with but she was having to dig deep for every point. Katie Boulter lost to American Christina McHale in a close encounter 3-6 7-5. Boulter threw down the gauntlet to the world number 60. Katie Boulter came up just short on her Wimbledon debut. Wimbledon 2017 tennis highlights: Watch the best action from day two including opening round wins for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. The rising Leicestershire star had the Court 12 crowd cheering her on. Katie Boulter was handed a wildcard by tournament organisers. Boulter was ranked 238 in the world. And the American showed she had no intention of rolling over for the increasingly vocal crowd as she broke back to level the decider at 2-2. McHale appeared to sense Boulter was losing her edge and suddenly stepped up her game, holding and then breaking the Brit to love to move 5-2 up. Boulter at least made McHale serve out for the win and she made no mistake to silence the crowd and end Boulter’s tournament. Wimbledon 2017 tennis highlights: Watch the best action from day 1 including Andy Murrays opening win at SW19.