Rothesay Open Nottingham 2023: Katie Boulter clinches first WTA title at home tournament
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Katie Boulter is a WTA singles champion for the first time in her career, defeating fellow Brit Jodie Burrage in the final of the Rothesay Open Nottingham.
The 26-year-old is set to retain her title as British No.1 and will rise back into the top 100 for the first time since 2019.
British women's singles champions in Nottingham
- 2023 – Katie Boulter
- 2021 – Johanna Konta
- 2013 – Elena Baltacha
- 2011 – Elena Baltacha
- 2010 – Elena Baltacha
“I don’t even know where to begin,” she said in her on court interview. “I dreamt of this moment as a little girl when I was training here at four or five years old. Coming here as a fan and now as a player, it means more than everything to me. I’m definitely going to be sleeping with this trophy tonight.
“We plug away behind-the-scenes and I’m so grateful to have my team by my side and I’m so appreciative to have them here with me.”
In the first all-British WTA final since 1977, Boulter ultimately proved too strong for her compatriot – particularly on the return. She broke Burrage four times – winning over 75% of points off Burrage’s second serve and racking up 34 winners – to seal the win in an hour and 15 minutes.
Born and raised just down the road in Leicester, this title holds even more significance for the British No.1.
“To have a home crowd and having played so many British players, it’s been a massive privilege for me.
“A huge congratulations to Jodie and her team – you know I love you but just not today, sorry! I really hoped we could both win but I have no doubt we’ll be back here playing many more finals.
For Burrage, it’s a disappointing end to what has otherwise been a fantastic week. She made her first career WTA quarter-final, semi-final and final with impressive wins against the world No.21 Magda Linette and top 100 stars Alize Cornet and Magdalena Frech.
“Bit gutted today – it was a tough match that, Boults played absolutely incredible, she didn’t let me play at all,” Burrage said.
“For me, this has been such a positive week and I’ve beaten some really good players and proved a lot to myself. I’m only going to take the positives.
“The crowd has been great all week – you’ve really got me through and hopefully I’ll be back again next year so we can do it all again.
“I want to thank Tournament Director and good friend of ours, Laura Robson. For both of us to make the final in her first week in charge is hopefully a sign of good things to come.”
Having spent more than 11 hours on court this week, Burrage has set herself up for a strong remainder of the grass court season.
Both Brits now move on to the Rothesay Classic Birmingham, where Burrage has drawn fellow Brit Harriet Dart in the opening round. Boulter will look to continue her winning streak against world No.39 Lin Zhu.