Katie Boulter at the 2021 Viking Open, Nottingham, UK
Katie Boulter at the 2021 Viking Open, Nottingham, UK | (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | WTA Nottingham 2023 | Boulter takes on Burrage for title, Murray looks for Challenger glory

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Katie Boulter [WC] v Jodie Burrage | H2H: Boulter leads 2-0
  • Andy Murray [1] v Arthur Cazaux [Q] | H2H: First Meeting
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – An all-British final will decide who wins their first WTA title of the season between Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage as Andy Murray looks to win his third Challenger title of the season in Nottingham.

 

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Katie Boulter [WC] v Jodie Burrage | H2H & Match Fundamentals

Katie Boulter [WC] v Jodie Burrage H2H: Boulter leads 2-0
WTA Nottingham 2023 Nottingham, England
Grass (O) Prize Money: : $20,226/$34,228
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Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (Grass 2023)

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H2H: Katie Boulter (WR 126) Jodie Burrage (WR 131)
Tournament Previous Best QF (2018, 2021) R2 (2022)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 47.6 34.2
Return Points Won % 51.9 40.1
Break Point Conversion % 47.9 35.5
Break Point Saved % 61.1 74.2
Total Points Won % 56.2 50.3

A landmark win for Katie Boulter means that the Brit returns to the world’s top 100, solidifying her spot as British number one. Boulter was too strong for a resilient Heather Watson as she now looks to win her first WTA title of the season. Boulter’s break point conversion rate has been clinical throughout the last two tournaments and now the 26 year-old looks to keep that consistency on return in what is the most important match of her season.

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Another Brit in the form of Jodie Burrage awaits in the final after the world number 131 continued to produce impressive tennis on return to defeat Alize Cornet in straight sets. Burrage had the potential but now the Brit is translating that potential into results as the biggest match of her career awaits in the final. Burrage will be encouraged by her serving under pressure and the Brit will look to neutralise Boulter’s power on the pressure points as a first WTA title of her career awaits.

Both players will look to dictate the tempo of the match on return with Burrage hoping her big serve under pressure can pay dividends here. A landmark achievement awaits the winner with Boulter being slight favourite for the first all-British WTA final since 1977.

Prediction: Boulter in three sets.

 

 

Andy Murray [1] v Arthur Cazaux [Q] | H2H & Match Fundamentals

Andy Murray [1] v Arthur Cazaux [Q] H2H: First Meeting
Nottingham Challenger 2023 Nottingham, England
Grass (O) Prize Money: : €11,570/€19,650
First on Centre Court (11:00 BST) BBC Sport Website

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (Grass 2023)

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H2H: Andy Murray (WR 44) Arthur Cazaux (WR 181)
Tournament Previous Best R2 (2003, 2004) N/A
1st Serve % 66.8 61.1
Service Games Won % 91.9 89.8
Break Points Saved % 58.8 70
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 57.4 49.6
Break Points Converted % 50 36.7

 

Andy Murray has continued where he left off at Surbiton as he finds himself in back-to-back Challenger finals. This is exactly the sort of confidence Murray needed heading into Queen’s Club and Wimbledon as he looks to make a deep run at a Grand Slam once again. Murray will be keen to keep up his clinical serving as he looks to win a third Challenger title this season.

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In the final Murray will face qualifier Arthur Cazaux who has also been serving impressively on grass so far this season. The Frenchman will provide a stern test for Murray as he has not dropped a set all tournament and has beaten in-form players Gabriel Diallo and Dominik Koepfer on his way to the final and now looks to win a second Challenger title this season.

This will be a good test for Murray’s returning efficiency but the Brit should claim victory and another important win on his way to Wimbledon.

Prediction: Murray in straight sets.

 

 

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