By Glenys Furness
- Jodie Burrage claims title in Egypt
- Defeated third seed en route to the final
SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT – Jodie Burrage has claimed her first singles of the season. The Brit seems to perform well on the outdoor courts in Egypt.
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Jodie Burrage likes the hard courts in Sharm El Sheikh. Seeded fifth the Brit faced Dalayna Hewitt in the first round. Burrage and Hewitt were evenly matched in the first set, before the fifth seed secured the break to take the lead, and then hold on for the set.
In the second set the American mounted a fight back and broke the Brit to level up the match at one set all. Burrage, however gained the advantage again in the final set and held on to secure the place in the second round 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
In the second round Burrage was up against Anette Munozova. The Swede got off to the better start and broke the serve of the fifth seed. The Brit was not able to get the break back and Munozova got ahead. Burrage fought back in the second set and managed to level the match up, and after securing the break needed in the final set moved into the quarter-final 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In the quarter-final the Brit faced the third seed Julia Elbaba. The American struggled in the first set against Burrage, as the Brit broke twice to take the set. The second was a little closer as Elbaba tried to fight back, however the fifth seed secured the one break needed and moved into the semi-final 6-2, 6-4.
The semi-final saw Burrage up against Barbora Štefková. The Czech had not dropped a set to this point of the tournament, and had taken out both the top seed and sixth seed in straight sets. Štefková tried to take the momentum away from the Brit, however the fifth seed held firm breaking once in each set to book the spot in the final 6-3, 6-3.
In the final the fifth seed faced an unseeded qualifier. Nadja Gilchrist had come through qualifying and only dropped one set on her way to the final, and that was in the first round. Gilchrist had taken out the eighth seed in the second round. Burrage was not in the mood to lose though, and the American had little answer to the fifth seed. The Brit took just under an hour to dispatch Gilchrist and take the title 6-2, 6-1.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Emilie Lindh Gallagher lost in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh, after taking the first set from the third seed 6-3, the Brit lost the next 6-2, 6-3.
Katy Dunne lost in the first round in Canberra 6-0, 6-1.
Gabriella Taylor lost in the semi-final of Canberra 6-2, 6-2.
Emily Webley-Smith lost in the quarter-final of Manama, Bahrain 6-2, 6-3.
Emily Appleton took the set from Francesca Jones in Heraklion 6-4, before Jones hit back to win the last two 6-2, 6-2.
Francesca Jones lost in the quarter-final of Heraklion 6-3, 6-2.
Alicia Barnett lost in the first round in Hammamet, the Brit took the first set 6-1, but then lost the next 6-4, 6-2.
Danielle Daley lost in the first round in Hammamet 7-5, 6-1.
Lloyd Glasspool lost in the first round in California 6-3, 6-2.
Billy Harris lost in the first round in Santa Margherita di Pula 7-6(6), 6-2
Thomas Colautti lost in the quarter-final, he took the first set 6-4, but lost the next 6-3. 6-3.
Neil Pauffley lost in the second round in Greece 6-3, 6-1
Jonathan Grey lost in the quarter-final in Greece, the Brit won the first seed 6-3, but lost the next two 6-1, 6-2
Next week Brits play in Miami, San Luis Postoi , Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Australia and France
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