Rothesay Open Nottingham 2023: Results & updates
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Get all the latest results and updates from this year's Rothesay Nottingham Open from 10-18 June.
Day seven: Boulter seals first WTA title; Murray lifts men's singles trophy
Katie Boulter and Andy Murray are the new Rothesay Open Nottingham singles champions - coming through with straight sets victories on Sunday's finals day.
Boulter beat fellow Brit Jodie Burrage in what was the first WTA final between two Brits since 1977.
For Murray, it's his second successive ATP Challenger title on grass, having win the Lexus Surbiton Trophy last week.
Boulter made history as the third British champion in the women's singles at the Rothesay Open Nottingham with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Burrage.
In the first all-British WTA final for 46 years, Boulter came out the blocks firing on all cylinders, leaving Burrage a mountain to climb at 5-1 and a double break down.
Burrage has battled hard through all her matches this week across over 11 hours on court in the previous rounds. She overturned one break, but Boulter came proved imperious on the return with four clean winners to round off the set.
It was more of the same in the second – Boulter outhitting her compatriot in every area of the court to go 3-0 up in quick succession.
Serving at 5-3, Boulter found yet another laser backhand winner down the line at deuce before Burrage went long to give Boulter the biggest victory of her career.
Murray won his second successive grass court title at this year’s Rothesay Open Nottingham – sealing a 6-4, 6-4 win over 20-year-old Arthur Cazaux in an hour and 47 minutes.
Murray becomes only the third player to win consecutive Challenger titles on grass after Dan Evans (2019) and Yen-hsun Lu (2016).
On Father's Day, the 36-year-old lifted the trophy in front of all his family for the first time in his career.
Murray’s experience told against the young French star. The three-time Grand Slam champion was happy to keep the points going and pepper away at Cazaux deep behind the baseline and got off to a commanding 4-1 lead.
Having suffered his first break of the match at 5-2, Murray made no mistake the second time around – holding to love and finishing with an ace.
Cazaux showed his fight in the second, but in the big pressure moments he tightened up. Murray knows more than most how to close out finals and at 4-4 the Brit continued to eat away at Cazaux’s backhand drawing out the errors for the all-important break.
There would be no late dramas for the former world No.1, who served out the match with ease to clinch his second title in as many weeks
Andy Murray will face Arthur Cazaux in Sunday's men's singles final with a straight sets win over third seed Nuno Borges.
Meanwhile, Watson and Harriet Dart make it Brits in every final this year as they look set to play Ulrikke Eikeri and Ingrid Neel.
Boulter is through to her first WTA final at the Rothesay Open Nottingham, opening the day with a 6-4, 7-5 win over fellow Brit Heather Watson.
Meanwhile, Burrage knocked out France's Alize Cornet 7-5, 7-5 to make her debut in a WTA final this Sunday.
Both players started strong in the opening match, but it was Boulter who got the initial breakthrough for 3-2 thanks to a deft touch at the net and a hammering forehand on her third break point of the match.
It didn’t take long for the heavens to open – coming at just the wrong time for Boulter. After an hour break, Watson came back firing and took the first two games to restore her lead. Watson had the chance to move 5-4 ahead but landed a drive volley in the net on deuce – giving Boulter the only opportunity she needed to clinch a second break and serve out the set.
Watson is the first player to reach the semis from qualifying and the 31-year-old hit another gear at the start of the second. However, she missed out on four opportunities to take a 5-1 lead and would later come to regret it. Spurred on by coming through a close game, Boulter found her edge again and closed out six of the last seven games to become only the second Brit to reach the final in Nottingham.
Burrage and Cornet promised fireworks and their contrasting styles threw up a real battle out on Centre Court. In a match that saw eight breaks of serve – five in the opening five games of the second set – it was the aggression and power of Burrage that gave her the extra spark to hold her nerve in the biggest moments.
The British No.3 broke in the penultimate game of both sets and, in the biggest moment of her career so far, she served out the win to love.
Murray cruised through to the Rothesay Open Nottingham final with a 6-3, 6-2 win over third seed Borges.
Murray makes it back-to-back ATP Challenger finals on the grass and will now go in pursuit of a third title already this year. The Brit is yet to drop a set here in Nottingham and looks to be upping his game with every challenge throw his way.
Despite a brief set back at the start of the second – Murray’s put on a vintage display on the return, winning almost half the points when facing the third seeds’ serve and breaking four times to win the match.
Fearnley and Monday beat Broady and O'Mara 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-7 to win their first Challenger doubles title in only first tournament together.
Despite losing a break and a match point in the second set, and coming back from 5-1 down in the match tie-break, Fearnley and Monday managed to secure the biggest result of their careers to date in an hour and 27 minutes.
Great Britain will be guaranteed a finalist as Boulter an Watson are set to go head-to-head. This is also the first time Burrage and Boulter have reached a WTA semi-final.
Andy Murray is into the men's semi-finals after knocking out ATP Next Gen star Dominic Sticker.
Burrage's fantastic week continues having battled to a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Magdalena Frech in two hours and 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, Boulter knocked out fellow Brit Harriet Dart 6-3, 7-5 in the second match on Centre.
It was then over to Watson to put the cherry on the cake - beating Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic 7-6(2), 7-5.
Burrage is really finding her groove out on Centre Court and it showed in the opening stages. Always the aggressor, Burrage had Frech firmly on the back foot and clinched breaks off two mistakes - seeing out set with her second ace of the match.
Currently at her career-high ranking at world No.77, Frech fought back to not only level the scores but take a break advantage in the third.
Burrage has shone brightest in the biggest moments this week as the two tussled for momentum, exchanging four breaks of serve, the British No.3 ramped up the pressure. She was unable to capitalise on match points at 5-4, but with a 6-5 lead she proved to strong for Frech. As the Polish star rattled the net on a fourth match point, Burrage collapsed to the floor in celebration of one of the biggest moments of her career.
No stranger to the quarter-finals here at Nottingham, Boulter came out the blocks flying using her power and pace to break three times in the opening set – but as the match went on, Dart’s defence became increasingly effective.
Refusing to go away, Dart threw in everything she had as Boulter served for the match at 5-3 in the second – saving match point before taking the break back herself. She was at it again in the next game, holding on after going 0-40 down to level at 5-5. However, she couldn't save it a third time - firing wide on a sixth match point to give Boulter the win.
Watson had never competed in a Nottingham quarter-final before today, but looked cool, calm and collected in front of the home crowd. Although she lost her one break advantage at the end of the opener, Watson kept her composure and drew a series of errors from the Swiss in the tie-break.
Watson lost to Golubic in Nottingham last year and was in no mood to repeat the same result this time around. Locked at 5-5 in the second, Watson played two of her shots of the match, coming off a well worked drop shot followed by a backhand pass across the face of the oncoming Golubic. Having broken for 6-5, there would be no stopping Watson from booking a place in her first WTA semi-final since Birmingham in 2021.
Murray put in a gutsy performance to beat 20-year-old Stricker 7-6(2), 7-5. His unbeaten run in the 2023 grass court season is now up to eight, with the Brit coming through his toughest challenge yet against young rising star.
He'll now face third seed Nuno Borges for a place in Sunday's final.
The former world No.1 had to rely on all his experience to not only see out the opening set tie-break but to come back from 3-1 down in the second set. Stricker, who was struggling with discomfort in his back, had looked unstoppable on serve, but as the opportunities started to arise, Murray took them with both hands. He broke the Swiss star to love at 5-5 and finished him off in an hour and 48 minutes.
Wild card George Loffhagen narrowly lost a tight match against fifth seed Dominic Koepfer 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Competing in his first ever Challenger quarter-final, Loffhagen made a brilliant account of himself out on Court 1 up against a player ranked over 300 spots higher.
Despite the disappointment of losing the opening set from a break up, the 22-year-old was firing on all cylinders in the second, winning 18 of 19 points on his first serve. Fighting to the bitter end, Loffhagen saved four match but the German finally dealt the killer blow after almost two and a half hours.
For the first time in WTA history, there will be four British women in the quarter-final of a tour event.
Meanwhile, Andy Murray wrapped up his seventh straight win on grass as he knocked out Hugo Grenier in the last match on Centre Court.
Dart upset fifth seed Anhelina Kalinina 6-0, 7-5, while Boulter reached her third Rothesay Open Nottingham quarter-final with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Daria Snigur.
Burrage's 7-5, 6-3 victory over world No.21 Linette, sets up a quarter-final against Magdalena Frech.
In a stunning opening set, everything Dart touched turned to gold – barely breaking a sweat as she took the first six games in just 22 minutes.
A finalist in the WTA 1000 event in Rome last month, Kalinina started to find her rhythm at the start of the second set and opened with a quick break. Despite some discomfort in her back, Dart’s resilience proved the defining factor in her best win of the season so far. Back on level terms she continued to plug away and frustrate the Ukrainian until eventually Kalinina fired wide on the Brit's first and only match point.
Snigur got the upper hand in the opening stages against Boulter, using her unorthodox playing style to her advantage and force mistakes from the Brit. Boulter had chances to reverse the early break deficit in three of Snigur’s service games – including one marathon 14 deuce battle at 3-2 – but on her 10th break point opportunity she finally got an error from the Ukrainian.
Snigur – who knocked out the reigning champion Beatriz Haddad Maia in the last round – was struggling with a bit of a knee issue and Boulter seized her opportunity to take control at the end of the first set. The Ukrainian couldn’t get the most out of her serve – losing 59% of points off her first in the second set – as Boulter wrapped up three consecutive breaks to take the match.
It was worrying signs for Burrage as she found herself 3-0, 15-30 down at one stage during the opening set, but like Boulter in the opening match, she super-charged her way back into the match. Momentum swung at 4-2, where despite losing three break points, Burrage continued to test the world No.21 in the longer rallies, forcing a flurry of crucial errors.
Linette would then lose two of her next three service games – giving the Brit a comfortable set and a break lead. Her struggles on serve continued after getting back to 3-3, but two wayward forehands passed the advantage back to the Brit, before Burrage sealed the win with a fifth and final break.
Murray is through to face eighth seed and Next Gen Finalist Dominic Stricker in the quarter-finals after defeating France's Grenier 6-4, 7-5.
Murray remains unbeaten on the grass this season, with seven wins in seven across the ATP Challenger events at the Lexus Surbiton Trophy and the Rothesay Open Nottingham.
The 36-year-old Brit continues to look in strong form at the Nottingham Tennis Centre and finished the action on Centre Court in style, breaking to love at 5-5 in the second set before crowning off the victory with a punishing forehand winner.
Murray is going in pursuit of his third Challenger title in two months, adding to Aix-en-Provence and Surbiton last week.
However, it wasn't to be for Britain's Ryan Penistion who lost out to Stricker 6-4, 6-2 to bring an end to his campaign in Nottingham.
Watson knocked out 2022 Wimbledon semi-finalist Tatjana Maria 6-4, 6-4 to secure a place in the final eight of the Rothesay Open Nottingham.
Her next opponent will be Viktorija Golubic, who defeated Watson in Nottingham last year. The Swiss star knocked out fourth seed and 2017 champion Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1.
Despite falling 2-0 down in the early stages, the former British No.1 showed great variety in dealing with Maria’s the slice off both wings. Having got back on level terms, Watson spied an opportunity at 0-30 on the German’s serve to take a well earned second break off a wide forehand winner.
Playing in the final 16 for the third time in her career Watson had a 0-40 lead at 3-3 in the second set – but after this Brit had a disagreement on a line call, the German jus about did enough to hold on. Watson wasn’t phased at all – with break point at 4-4 she tucked away Maria’s half volley with a driving backhand before going on to serve out the match.
Elsewhere, top seed Maria Sakkari was defeated in stunning fashion by France's Alize Cornet 6-1, 6-4.
Loffhagen backed up his first ATP Challenger win yesterday by making it into the quarter-finals of the Rothesay Open Nottingham.
The 22-year-old knocked out Juncheng Shang - one of the brightest young stars on the ATP Tour - 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
The big serving Brit was clinical in a tight deciding set - he needed just one break point in the blustery conditions out on court one. Shang dropped a double fault at just the wrong moment and Loffhagen kept his cool to ease through on serve.
He'll play fifth seed Dominic Koepfer next, who knocked out Fery 6-4, 6-2.
Fery rallied back from a break down in the opening set to make it 3-3 with two stunning down the line winners, but the German proved too strong throughout their contest. Despite trying to play on the front foot, Fery was beaten at the net a couple of times in the following service game and the Brit was unable to recover from a second break.
The fifth seed dominated the second set – losing just four points on serve as he fired his way to the quarter-final.
Broady also lost out in the first match on Centre Court against Japan’s Sho Shimabukuro 7-6(4), 6-4.
This is Shimabukuro’s first grass court tournament, but the world No.177 knows how to win big matches having claimed two Challenger titles already this season. On a decisive point in the first set tie-break at 4-4 on the Brit’s serve, he found the volley to put away Broady’s attempted pass down the line and then went on to serve out the set.
With Broady serving to stay in the second set at 5-4, the Japanese star had some help from the racket to find a tight angle off his backhand and win his second match point.
Jodie Burrage, Harriet Dart and Katie Boulter join Heather Watson in the second round with impressive wins on day two. Meanwhile, Andy Murray, Arthur Fery, George Loffhagen, Ryan Peniston and Liam Broady are the first Brits into round two of the ATP Challenger.
Burrage came through a marathon three-hour match on Centre Court to beat Tereza Martincova 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(4) to book a second round clash with third seed, Magda Linette.
Burrage had a solid start – quickly finding her feet in front of the home crowd. Fighting hard against the world No.121, she forced her way to a tie-break, where, despite surrendering a 5-1 lead to the Czech, wrapped up the lead on her first set point.
Martincova bounced back straight away, breaking to love in the first set of the second as the error count started to rise in the tricky conditions.
Locked in a tight encounter, all but one of Burrage’s service games in the third set went to deuce and the Brit staved off six break points in the final set. While visibly frustrated with her performance, the young Brit kept her composure in the big points. After peppering away at the Czech’s backhand at 4-3 in the deciding tie-break, she got a crucial mini break and served out the set to claim her first win of the grass court season.
Dart kick-started her Rothesay Open Nottingham main draw with an impressive victory over Canada’s Rebecca Marino. The 2022 quarter-finalist beat Marino 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 16 minutes to set up a second round clash against either fifth seed and Italian Open finalist Anhelina Kalinina or Nuria Parrizas-Diaz.
Boulter made it three British wins in the women’s singles draw as she defeated fellow compatriot Emily Appleton 6-1, 6-3. The new British No.1 will take on Ukraine's Daria Snigur who knocked out second seed and reigning champion Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4, 6-3.
This was Appleton’s first WTA main draw match having battled through two rounds of qualifiers this weekend.
Lexus Surbiton Trophy runner-up Katie Swan exited in the first round having lost to France's Alize Cornet 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Murray is safely into the second round with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over Belgium’s Joris De Loore.
The Lexus Surbiton Trophy champion will meet France’s Hugo Grenier in his next match.
Wild card Fery added to the upsets on day two as he returned to beat 2016 champion Steve Johnson 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Fery would have been frustrated having to come off court yesterday evening having just wrapped up the second set and with momentum shifting his way. However, returning on day two, the 20-year-old Stanford student picked up where he left off, returning the former world No.21’s big serve will real purpose and broke twice and secure his first ATP Challenger win in front of the home crowd.
Joining Fery, wild card Loffhagen claimed his first Challenger win as well with a 6-3, 7-6(6) triumph against Finland’s Otta Virtnanen.
Virtanen had three set points in the second set tie-break, but Loffhagen found a purple patch at just the right time to come back from 6-3 down to take it 8-6.
Peniston wasted no time in securing his place in the next round - wrapping up a 6-2, 6-1 win over Mattia Bellucci in an hour and 15. Next up - a clash with either former runner-up Denis Kudla or Dominic Stricker.
Broady came from a set down to knock out Japanese qualifier Rio Noguchi 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. He moves on to play Sho Shimabukuro in the second round.
Watson booked her spot in the second round with an impressive 6-4, 6-3 win over Germany’s Jule Niemeier.
The British qualifier came back from 4-1 down in the opening set to win five games on the spin – taking full control of the match. Niemeier defeated Watson in the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, but this time Watson got her revenge, breaking three times in the third to take down the world No.118 in just over an hour and a half.
Next up, she'll play Germany's Maria who upset sixth seed and former runner-up Shuai Zhang 6-1, 6-4 in the first match of the day.
World No.8 Sakkari knocked out China's Xiyu Wang 6-2, 7-6(6) in the first round to set up a potential second round battle with Lexus Surbiton Trophy runner-up, Katie Swan.
Fourth seed and 2017 champion Vekic opened the action on Centre Court with a strong 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win over Spain’s Cristina Bucsa.
21-year-old British qualifier Kartal lost to Magdelena Frech 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in the opening round.
Kartal showed great fight to close out the second set having only just lost a break lead, but the world No.77 proved clinical in the decider. On her first break point of the third Frech dealt the killer blow, finding great touch on a drop shot to bring Kartal into the net, before passing her down the line.
Kartal leaves Nottingham having claimed two valuable qualifying wins – including victory over former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.
Next up are British hopefuls Arthur Fery and Ryan Peniston.
Great Britain will have seven players in the main draw of the WTA 250 event at the Rothesay Open Nottingham this year after two rounds of qualifying this weekend.
2022 quarter-finalist Harriet Dart cruised through with straight sets wins over Maddison Inglis and Eden Silva, while her doubles partner this week, Heather Watson, beat fellow Brit Amelia Rajecki 6-3, 6-2 in the final round of qualifiers.
Sonay Kartal picked up one of the best wins of her career against 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin - beating the American 6-2, 7-6(6). She capped that off on Sunday with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Elena Gabriela Ruse.
Emily Appleton is into her first WTA main draw after racing to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Emiliana Arango on Sunday.
In the men's qualifying, there were first round wins for Dan Cox and Stuart Parker.