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British number one Katie Boulter wins San Diego Open

British tennis ace Katie Boulter has claimed her first WTA 500 tournament victory by winning the final of the San Diego Open.

The British number one came back from a set down to beat Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk 5-7 6-2 6-2 in the final.

The win means Boulter, who has had a flying start to the 2024 season, is guaranteed to break into the top 30 of the WTA rankings for the first time.

Mar 3, 2024; San Diego, CA, USA; Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine poses with Katie Boulter of Great Britain after the finals of the San Diego Open at Barnes Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports
Image: Kostyuk of Ukraine poses with Boulter after the match. Pic: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports, via Reuters

After an even start between the two, Kostyuk, the tournament’s sixth seed, began to get the better of Boulter, winning the first set 7-5.

But Boulter found her groove in the second, dominating on her first serve to clinch the set 6-2 and force a deciding third set, which she also won 6-2.

The 27-year-old, from Leicestershire, was watched from the stands by her tennis star boyfriend Alex de Minaur, who scheduled an early-morning flight after retaining his title in Acapulco.

She thanked the Australian in her post-match comments.

Mar 3, 2024; San Diego, CA, USA; Katie Boulter of Great Britain hugs her boyfriend Alex de Minaur after her victory in the finals of the San Diego Open at Barnes Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports
Image: Boulter hugs her tennis star boyfriend Alex de Minaur after her victory. Pic: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports, via Reuters

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“I want to say a small special thank you to my boyfriend,” she said.

“He finished last night at midnight, and I really want to embarrass him.

“He got on a 4.15am taxi this morning and 6am flight to be here today, so I do appreciate it.”

Boulter beat Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko, second seed Beatriz Haddad Maia, seventh seed Donna Vekic, and third seed Emma Navarro on her route to the final.

The win comes after Boulter claimed her maiden championship on grass in Nottingham last summer.

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