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Katie Boulter set to become British No.1 for the first time


Katie Boulter will become the new British No.1 on Monday after reaching the semi-finals of the Lexus Surbiton Trophy.

Set to star at the Rothesay Open Nottingham this week, it is the first time in Boulter's career that she has held the top spot in the British rankings. She becomes the 23rd woman to do so since rankings began in 1975.

“Naturally I am very proud to join the women before me who have reached that historic spot,” said Boulter. “However, my main goal remains on improving my ranking and continuing to work hard. It’s going to be an exciting summer as we are all very close in the rankings.”

Boulter – who recently graduated from the LTA Pro Scholarship Programme – overtakes Emma Raducanu as British No.1, who has held the position for almost two years after her 2021 title win at the US Open.

Johanna Konta currently holds the record for the longest reign as British No.1, with her six-year term at the head of the rankings.

British No.1 players since 1975

  • Virginia Wade
  • Sue Barker
  • Jo Durie
  • Annabel Croft
  • Anne Hobbs
  • Sara Gomer
  • Monique Javer
  • Sarah Loosemore
  • Clare Wood
  • Lizzie Jelfs
  • Rachel Viollet
  • Sam Smith
  • Louise Latimer
  • Julie Pullin
  • Lucie Ahl
  • Elena Baltacha
  • Anne Keothavong
  • Katie O’Brien
  • Heather Watson
  • Laura Robson
  • Johanna Konta
  • Emma Raducanu
  • Katie Boulter (from 12 June 2023)

Since reaching her first WTA quarter-final at the Rothesay Classic Birmingham last year – Boulter has picked up some impressive results. She defeated former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at the Rothesay International Eastbourne and at The Championships where she reached the third round.

In the last 12 months, she’s won her second W60 title in Canberra – beating fellow Brit Jodie Burrage in the final – and recently reached finals of W80 and W60 ITF events in Japan.

She also recently represented Great Britain in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifier against France in Coventry – narrowly losing to WTA Finals champion and world No.5 Caroline Garcia 6-7(2), 7-6(4), 7-6(2).

Tickets are still available to see Boulter and the rest of the Brits at the Rothesay Open Nottingham this week.

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