Katie Boulter sets her sights on the top 30 following her advancement to the final of the San Diego Open.

Katie Boulter expressed her determination to continue enjoying her time on the tennis court following her victory over Emma Navarro, which propelled her to the biggest final of her career at the San Diego Open. The British No. 1, who previously clinched her inaugural WTA Tour title on grass in Nottingham last year, secured a spot in the final of a prestigious WTA 500 tournament for the first time after a resounding 6-3, 6-1 triumph over her New Yorker opponent.

Boulter has embarked on an impressive start to the year, and her triumph against her third top-30 adversary of the week ensures that she will climb a minimum of 14 positions in the rankings to a new career high of 35. She stands a chance to break into the top 30 if she can overcome Marta Kostyuk in the final scheduled for Sunday night, with her boyfriend, Alex de Minaur, eagerly awaiting her performance after successfully defending his title in Acapulco and rearranging his flight plans to witness her match.

Reflecting on her stellar performance, Boulter remarked, “Today was one of those matches where everything just fell into place. I stepped onto the court, felt her strength, observed her techniques, and quickly realized I needed to step up my game, be more aggressive, and seize the moment. It was a test of self-belief and the hard work I’ve invested, and it paid off. This is by far my most significant career final to date, and I intend to maintain a joyful approach to the game.”

The 27-year-old Leicester native demonstrated dominance in her serving game against Navarro, the third seed, amassing over 87% of first-serve points and conceding just two break points to her American counterpart, both of which she successfully defended. Despite an interruption due to rain early in the second set, Boulter’s relentless momentum remained unwavering as she ultimately sealed victory in a swift 74 minutes.

Commenting on the match disruption caused by the rain delay, Boulter acknowledged, “The inclement weather certainly posed a challenge during the match. However, I felt the wind at my back and focused on maintaining my form and momentum through the break. I pushed myself to remain sharp and warm, and that persistence was crucial in sustaining my level of play, especially under those conditions.”

On the other side, Marta Kostyuk, a 21-year-old talent from Ukraine ranked No. 34 globally, is also experiencing a breakthrough week in her career. Overcoming a daunting 5-1 deficit in the initial set, she staged a remarkable comeback against the top-seeded American, Jessica Pegula, defeating her 7-6 (4), 6-1 and securing her maiden victory over a top-five player.

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