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    18 June 2023

    Katie Boulter claims maiden WTA title by defeating Jodie Burrage at Nottingham Open 2023

    British Women Battle it Out for WTA Title

    It was a historic day at Nottingham as Katie Boulter claimed her first-ever WTA title in an all-British final against Jodie Burrage. The tournament witnessed the first all-British tour-level final since February 1977 when Sue Barker triumphed over Virginia Wade in San Francisco.

    Boulter, the British women’s number one player, outperformed her rival with ease to claim victory with a scoreline of 6-3 and 6-3. It was not only a remarkable day for Boulter but also for Andy Murray, who won the men’s event earlier that day.

    The Details

    The two players had been performing exceptionally well throughout the tournament leading up to this match. However, it was Boulter who took control from the start of the game by storming into an early lead of five games to one with a double break in the opening set.

    A dark cloud hung heavy over Nottingham on this fateful day, and due to forecasted rain conditions, there were changes made to the order of play. Despite these challenges, both players displayed brilliant performances throughout their match.

    Burrage tried her best to make a comeback after landing some excellent forehands but failed as she could not find any consistency in her performance. On the other hand, Boulter maintained composure under pressure and delivered some stunning backhand winners during crucial moments of play.

    The Homecoming Champion

    Katie Boulter considers Nottingham her home turf as she grew up nearby Leicester city. She produced an impressive display of power and precision to clinch the title as she served for victory, delivering her first ace of the match.

    Boulter missed one match point when she sent a backhand narrowly wide. However, she did not let this minor setback deter her from emerging as the victor. She eventually celebrated winning her maiden WTA title when Burrage sent a forehand long.

    The Aftermath

    Boulter was overjoyed after securing her first-ever WTA singles titles and said in an on-court interview “I’m definitely going to be sleeping with this trophy tonight.” Both players shared warm hugs at the net and sat next to each other chatting while waiting for the trophy presentation at the end of an unforgettable week for both players.

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