Boulter Defeats Pliskova to Retain Nottingham Open Title

Katie Boulter has successfully defended her Nottingham Open title, overcoming a set deficit to defeat Karolina Pliskova just hours after a similar comeback victory against fellow Briton, Emma Raducanu.

Boulter, a crowd favorite, secured her win over the 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Pliskova with a scoreline of 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

“This feels like deja vu,” Boulter commented. “I’m unsure if I’m dreaming or this just happened. This place holds a special place in my heart, and it has been an incredible week for me. Congratulations to your entire team, Pliskova; you played a great tournament and are tough to beat, but today was my day.”

The victory capped off a challenging couple of days for Boulter at the weather-affected event. Her semi-final match against Raducanu on Saturday was suspended overnight after one set and resumed on Sunday. Boulter had lost a marathon tie-break on Saturday evening but fought back to win 6-7 (13-15), 6-3, 6-4 when play resumed. She mirrored this comeback in the final against the 32-year-old Pliskova.

In the final, Boulter set the tone early by breaking Pliskova’s serve in the opening game. However, Pliskova responded by breaking twice during a four-game streak to take the first set. With strong support from the Nottingham crowd, Boulter rebounded in the second set, securing an early break in game three and breaking Pliskova’s serve again to force a decider.

Aiming for her third WTA Tour title, having also won in San Diego in March, Boulter displayed confidence in the third set as Pliskova began to falter. After breaking serve twice to lead 5-1, Boulter stumbled slightly by dropping her serve but quickly recovered to decisively finish the match.

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