In the first all-British final since 1977 San Francisco, Katie Boulter clinched her maiden WTA title with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Jodie Burrage at the Rothesay Open in Nottingham. The 26-year-old from Leicester realized her childhood dream by becoming a champion at what she considers her home tournament.
The world No.126 Boulter opened her campaign at the Rothesay Open with a win over Emily Appleton in the first round, her first Tour-level main-draw win since September 2022 at Tallinn. Then she went on to defeat Daria Snigur, Harriet Dart, Heather Watson, and finally the world No.131 Burrage, her highest-ranked opponent this week. Note that only Ukraine’s Snigur was Boulter’s non-British opponent in Nottingham.
“I’m definitely going to be sleeping with this trophy tonight,” Boulter said during her on-court interview.
Boulter has now become the first British woman to win a singles title since Emma Raducanu at the 2021 US Open. Last week she took over as British number one from the injured Raducanu, while now she’s set to enter the world’s top 80 rankings for the first time in her career.