Unseeded Katie Boulter tops Marta Kostyuk to win San Diego Open

SAN DIEGO — Unseeded Katie Boulter of England capped a run of upsets to win the San Diego Open singles title with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 victory over sixth-seeded Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine on Sunday.

A 10-year tour veteran, the 27-year-old Boulter gained her second professional singles title together with her fifth straight victory over higher-seeded gamers within the week-long WTA 500 occasion.

“I can’t stop smiling,” Boulter mentioned. “I’ve been wanting this my whole career and now I’ve got to move my goalposts and keep it going.”

As darkness fell early within the match — twice delayed by intermittent showers — each gamers appeared to battle whereas adjusting to the unseasonably cool, windy and drizzly circumstances with temperatures within the mid-50s.

In her San Diego Open debut, Boulter shook off a flurry of early first-set unforced errors, initially flustered by Kostyuk’s quickness and athleticism. But displaying indicators of resilience that may later serve her properly, Boulter overcame 5 set factors earlier than she despatched an errant forehand previous the baseline to fall 7-5.

Undeterred, Boulter discovered her rhythm en route to successful the second set, which was marked by livid backcourt rallies.

About 30 minutes later, Boulter was serving for the match at 5-2 when she struck a crosscourt forehand simply out of Kostyuk’s attain to give her the title.

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“I don’t even know where to begin, I’m so happy,” mentioned Boulter, who’s 6-1 towards seeded opponents this 12 months. “When I came here, I really didn’t think I would be holding this trophy. Everyone here has been so warm and welcoming to me.”

Referring to her 21-year-old opponent, Boulter added: “You’re so young and so talented, Marta. I know your time will come.”

Kostyuk paid tribute to her household in Ukraine after the match.

“I don’t want to make this too sad, but first of all, I want to say hello to my family back in Ukraine,” she mentioned. “It’s been a difficult time for them and I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but there’s no one who wants me to win more than they do.”

Boulder, who mentioned the cool circumstances made her really feel at residence, was awarded a ceremonial surfboard — a nod to the occasion’s shut proximity to the Pacific Ocean.

“Sorry I didn’t get the surfboard this year,” Kostyuk mentioned. “But maybe I’ll get one next year.”

Held on the Barnes Tennis Center, the San Diego Open is a WTA Tour 500 occasion with a complete purse of $922,573, introduced by Cymbiotika.

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