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    13 June 2023

    Katie Boulter Takes Over as Top-Ranked British Female Tennis Player

    Katie Boulter replaces Emma Raducanu as British number one women’s player

    British tennis has a new No.1 in Katie Boulter, who replaced the injured Emma Raducanu with her impressive run to the Surbiton Trophy semi-finals. The 26-year-old will hold the top spot for the first time when she plays at Nottingham Open this week.

    Boulter is ranked 126th in the world after three victories at Surbiton and now stands two places and 19 points ahead of Raducanu in latest standings.

    The Journey To The Top

    Born in Leicester, Boulter picked up her first racquet at just five years old before representing Great Britain eight times during her career so far. Her breakthrough year came in 2018 when she won her first ITF titles before reaching her first WTA quarterfinals at Nottingham Open as a wildcard entry.

    Injury disrupted her progress shortly afterward, keeping her out for six months due to a stress fracture of the back. However, despite facing such adversity early on, Boulter remains determined to improve further and climb even higher up those rankings!

    A New Era Begins In Women’s Tennis?

    Naturally proud of herself on hitting these heights never achieved before; Boulter also acknowledged that being British number one is not where it ends – improving ranking and working hard remain primary goals.
    “It’s going to be an exciting summer as we are all very close in the rankings,” She said.
    The news comes amid much speculation about what could happen next season following Naomi Osaka withdrawing from both Roland Garros & Wimbledon citing mental health issues. Both players still have plenty more left to give but only time will tell whether or not they can continue to rise to the top and cement their place amongst women’s tennis elite.

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