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Nottingham Open: Katie Boulter beats Karolina Pliskova and Emma Raducanu to retain title

Katie Boulter holds the Nottingham Open trophy

Katie Boulter retained the Nottingham Open title after coming from a set down to beat Karolina Pliskova – just hours after doing the same to topple fellow Briton Emma Raducanu.

Home favourite Boulter overcame 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Pliskova to prevail 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the final.

“This is a little bit of deja vu,” Boulter said.

“I’m not sure if I’m dreaming or this just happened. This place has a special place in my heart and it has been an incredible week for me.

“Congratulations to your whole entire team because you [Pliskova] played a great tournament and you’re so tough to beat, but today was my day.”

The trophy lift rounded off a testing couple of days for Boulter at a weather-hit event.

Saturday’s semi-final against Raducanu was suspended overnight after one set and restarted on Sunday.

Boulter, 27, had lost a marathon tie-break on Saturday evening but fought back well when they resumed to win 6-7 (13-15) 6-3 6-4, and she repeated the comeback feat against 32-year-old Pliskova.

The British number one laid down an early marker in the final, breaking Pliskova’s serve in the opening game, but the first set turned when Boulter led 4-3.

Pliskova went on to break twice during a four-game winning streak as she took the set.

With the Nottingham crowd backing her, Boulter fought back spiritedly in the second set as she found another early break in game three before picking apart the Pliskova serve again to force a decider.

Seeking a third WTA Tour title, having also won in San Diego in March, Boulter exuded confidence throughout the third set as Pliskova started to wilt.

After breaking serve twice to move into a 5-1 lead and with the finishing line in sight, Boulter slipped up and dropped her serve.

It was a mere blip in an assertive final set for the Briton, though, with Boulter hitting back in the next game to finish the job.

The Birmingham Classic is next up for Boulter as she looks to continue building momentum for Wimbledon, which begins on 1 July.

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