GABI Taylor will make Hampshire tennis history when she makes her full Grand Slam debut tomorrow.

Southampton-born Taylor, 20, is thought to be the first Hampshire woman in the first round at Wimbledon for 53 years ahead of tomorrow's tie against former finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

Mum Mili, from Shirley, said: “We’re very excited, we can’t wait to see her play against a player like Genie Bouchard.

“For her it didn’t matter who she played, she’s concentrating on her own game and is focused on the things she needs to do.

“She’ll go into the game with no pressure and enjoy the moment. All the pressure will be on Genie.”

Taylor and Bouchard will be playing for the right to face Australian Ashleigh Barty, the world No 17, or world No. 93 Stefanie Voegele in the second round.

It will be their first meeting.

Gabi will have the support of her parents, Paul and Mili as well as her agent and coach Xavier Budo, under whose tutelage she has soared up the world rankings from 323 to 182 in seven months.

Xavier is a former coach of Carla Suárez Navarro, who reached six Grand Slam quarter finals and achieved a world ranking of No. 6 under his guidance, before their split last year.

“Gabi’s improvement is credit to her new team, she now has a top-ten coach who has all the experience needed and that makes a big difference,” explains Mili.

“He’s improved her all-round game; mentally, technically and tactically.”

Now based in Barcelona, former Shirley Junior pupil Gabi has a second coach in David Sunyer as well as a fitness coach and physio.

She won four single titles on the International Tennis Federation circuit in four months after her new team was formed in Barcelona last November.

Last month she beat British number two Heather Watson at the Surbiton Trophy and her confidence remains high despite first-round defeats at the Nottingham Open and last week’s Southsea Trophy.

“She’s been training with top players so her preparation’s been very good,” says Mili.

“All the British girls are doing extremely well, she can’t wait to get out there.”

Bouchard’s career has been on a downward spiral since losing the 2014 Wimbledon final to Petra Kvitova when she was only 20.

She is now ranked six places below Taylor and has had to come through qualifying to make the first round.

The Canadian has been criticised for a terse interview after beating China’s Zhu Lin at Roehampton last Tuesday. But she continued to let her racket do the talking the next day, defeating Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova on Wednesday.

She secured her spot in the main draw with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Mariana Duque-Mariño on Thursday.

“I feel like I’ve been improving recently,” Bouchard said.

“I don’t want to compare myself to past or other (tournaments), I just try to be the best I can every day.”