In an hour and 37 minutes, Genie booked her spot in the second round at Wimbledon after a 6-0 4-6 6-3 win over wild card Gabriella Taylor of Great Britain.
After the match, Genie said:
“I feel a lot more comfortable on the court. I feel a little bit more like myself. You know, I have always deep down had the belief, and it’s about, in the tough moments of the match, keeping that belief. I have that more and more now. Just trying to keep progressing.”
In Thursday’s second round, Genie will face No.17 seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia. Genie has played the 22-year-old before in Miami last year in the first round and Barty won 6-4 5-7 6-3. Barty won Nottingham at the beginning of the grass season in June.
On playing Barty, Genie said:
“I think she’s playing great. I think she loves grass. I really want to raise my level and try and play my best tennis against her and see what happens.”
In the WTA rankings to be released after the tournament, Genie moves provisionally up to No.147 with 400 points.