Boulter wins first $60k ITF title


Katie Boulter has had a tough but ultimately rewarding week in Fukuoka, Japan at the $60,000 ITF event. The Leicestershire player who now trains with the successful JTC Academy at the Chiswick Riverside Club, is building a reputation as a tough competitor, having this year won 7 times after losing the first set and built a 73% winning record in all 3 set matches played. Her week in Fukuoka reflected this resilience.

Seeded 5, Katie immediately found herself a set down against the local wild card Yuki Naito. Another 3 set win was achieved against another former grantee Naomi Broady, the top seed, in the quarter final – a significant win. Finally (literally) Katie fought back from a 7-5 first set loss to Ksenia Lykina (Russia) to achieve a victory by 6-4 6-2 and to take her maiden $60k title, moving close to a 150 WTA ranking as a result. A really satisfying week!