Katie Boulter in the quarter-final of WTA San Diego, 2024
Katie Boulter in the quarter-final of WTA San Diego, 2024 | Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Tennis | WTA San Diego 2024 | Katie Boulter reaches first WTA 500 final, to face Marta Kostyuk for the title

By Ros Satar

  • Katie Boulter v Marta Kostyuk [6]
  • H2H: First Meeting
SAN DIEGO, USA – Katie Boulter becomes the second British woman to reach a WTA 500 final after Jo Konta, and faces sixth seed Marta Kostyuk for the title.


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Katie Boulter v Katie Boulter v Marta Kostyuk [6] | H2H: First Meeting

Katie Boulter v Katie Boulter v Marta Kostyuk [6] H2H: First Meeting
WTA San Diego SF California, USA
Hard (O) Prize Money: $87,655 / $142,000
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Katie Boulter has made the most of her San Diego debut, beating three seeds on her path to the final. Marta Kostyuk defeated world no. 5 Jessica Pegula on her path in the semi-final.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2024)

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H2H: Katie Boulter (WR 49) Marta Kostyuk (WR 34)
Tournament Previous Best Debut R16 (2023)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 35.8 40.4
Return Points Won % 42.7 47.8
Break Point Conversion % 30.4 56.0
Break Points Saved % 56.8 66.1
Overall Service Points Won % 61.7 57.3

It has been an outstanding run for Boulter, and she is facing one of the more steady players this season and while they are relatively closely matched, it will take an effort for Boulter to add to her title haul.



Playing Styles & Prediction

Boulter has met every challenge that San Diego has had to throw at her, including second seed Beatriz Haddad Maia, seventh seed Donna Vekic and the third seed Emma Navarro, so the sixth seed Kostyuk should not be seen as any more of a challenge.

Kostyuk downed Pegula having to come from 1-5 down in the first set before rounding out a straight sets win, and so also will have her confidence up, and this is a final that could really go either way.

The Ukrainian has had a solid season, reaching the quarter-finals in Adelaide and the Australian Open, and will be no pushover. Boulter can treat this as a free hit, as she comes in as the slight underdog, and whatever happens, she will catapult up the rankings.

Prediction: Boulter in three sets.


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