By Glenys Furness

  • Jodie Burrage made the semi-final in Sharm El Sheikh
  • Reaches new career high ranking.
SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT – Jodie Burrage ended a great week with a semi-final spot, the Brit will have a new career high ranking on Monday

 

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Brit of the Week

Jodie Burrage was seeded sixth in Sharm El Sheikh and was the only Brit in the main draw. In the first round Burrage was drawn against Emma Lene. The French player proved no trouble for the sixth seed who dominated both sets to move into the second round for the loss of only three games. 6-1, 6-2.

The second round match was very much like the first round, the opponent this time was Caroline Ilowska. Once again the Brit was barely troubled by the Austrian, the sixth seed was enjoying the match and was breaking more or less at will. Just like the first round Burrage only lost three games 6-1, 6-2.

In the quarter-final the Brit faced the second seed Sandra Samir. The local player put up a fight in the first set as the Brit struggled to get to grips with the Egyptian’s game. Samir forced a tiebreak but this was when her resolve snapped. Burrage dominated the tiebreak, and then went on to stroll through the second set losing only one game, booking a place in the semi-final 7-6(3), 6-1.

The semi-final is where the run came to an end for the Brit. Up against the fourth seed Nastja Kolar the Brit fought hard, but the Slovenian took the break of serve in the first set. The second proved much closer as Burrage forced a tiebreak, however Kolar was in no mood to allow the sixth seed back in. the Slovenian took control of the tiebreak and the Brit had to make do with a semi-final 4-6, 6-7(2)

Overall it has been a very good week for the Brit, who has secured a new career high ranking of 615, which will change again when the points for this event go on, Burrage should break into the top 600.

 

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ITF & Challenger Round Up

Brydan Klein lost in the first round of Fairfield to the fourth seed 4-6, 6-7(2)

Alex Ward lost in the first round of Fairfield to the third seed 6-3, 6-7(5), 4-6

Evan Hoyt lost in the quarter-final of Oberhacing 4-6, 4-6

Katie Swan lost in the quarter-final of Obidos 1-6, 3-6

Sarah Beth Grey lost in the quarter-final of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin 2-6, 4-6

Samantha Murray lost in the quarter-final of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin 1-6, 3-6

Next week Brits play in Moscow, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Las Vegas, Ismaning

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