By Glenys Furness

  • Jodie Burrage claims ITF title in Jerusalem
  • Third seed only dropped one set en route.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL  – Jodie Burrage entered the ITF event and was the third seed. The Brit only dropped on set en route to the trophy and that was in the final.


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Brit of the Week

Jodie Burrage entered the ITF W25 event in Jerusalem and was seeded third. In the first round Burrage was against another Brit Emily Webley-Smith. The battle of the Brits saw Burrage pushed in the first as Webley-Smith stayed close until the end when the seed broke serve. The second set was easier for Burrage who broke early and Webley-Smith was unable to comeback. Burrage had the spot in the second round 7-5, 6-3.

The second round saw the third seed up against local player Shahar Biran. In a very one sided contest Burrage broke easily in the first set and the Israeli could not come back. The Brit totally dominated the second set, Biran was unable to hold serve as the Brit moved into the quarter-final 6-3, 6-0.

In the quarter-final the Brit was facing the fifth seed Ekaterina Yashina. The Russian pushed Burrage hard in the first set, however the third seed was up to the task and broke right at the end of the set. In the second set the Brit once again broke and Yashina was unable to come back. Burrage moved into the semi-final in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.

The semi-final was another all British affair, with the third seed facing Samantha Murray. Burrage dominated the first set, losing only one game. Murray put up a tougher challenge in the second set, however the seed eventually managed to break and book a place in the final 6-1, 6-4.

In the final the seed was against unseeded Latvian Daniela Vismane. Having not been previously broken the Brit was surprised by the Latvian game and lost the first set. Burrage re-grouped in the next set and worked out the game of Vismane to level up. The final set saw the seed secure the break of serve needed to claim the trophy 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.


Special Mention

Paul Jubb is a 19 year old from Hull and one to watch for the future. Currently at University in South Carolina USA the Brit has not yet turned professional. However, he is following in the footsteps of Cameron Norrie, who went through the same system before turning professional. Jubb is also taking the same path trodden by John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors who both won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) before turning professional.

Jubb won the title this year and defeated Nuno Borges of Portugal 6-3, 7-6, whom he had previously lost twice to. The winner of the title is usually granted a wildcard to the US Open, however, this is reserved only for those of American nationality. Wimbledon could potentially offer a wildcard to either the qualifying or even the main draw.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up.

Brydan Klein was defeated by Filip Peliwo in the first round in Jerusalem 4-3 RET.

James Story was defeated by Milen Ianakiev in the first round in Greece 6-3, 6-4.

Harry Meehan was defeated by Dusty H Bowyer in the first round in Greece 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.

Alexander Jhun was defeated by Michail Pervolarakis in the first round in Greece 6-2, 6-1.

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Markos Kalovelonis in the second round in Greece 6-3, 6-4.

Joshua Paris was defeated by Gabriel Donev in the second round in Greece 4-6, 6-0, 2-0 RET.

Evan Hoyt defeated Jonas Trinker in the final in Greece 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4.

Ryan Storrie was defeated by Anirudh Chandrasekar in the first round in Uganda 7-6(3), 1-0 RET.

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Jordi Arconada in the first round in Mexico 6-3, 6-2.

Finn Bass was defeated by Juan Sebastián Gómez in the second round in Mexico 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-3.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Juan Sebastián Gómez in the quarter-final in Mexico 6-4, 7-6(1).

Tanysha Dissanayake was defeated by Jada Bui in the second round in Mexico 6-1, 6-2.

Emilie Lindh was defeated by Sofia Sewing in the final in Mexico 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.

Tara Moore was defeated by Mai Hontama in the second round in Japan 6-1, 0-6, 7-6(3).

Naomi Broady was defeated by Erina Hayashi in the quarter-final in Japan 6-3, 6-2.

Emily Appleton was defeated by Riya Bhatia in the first round in Singapore 7-6(4), 6-2.

Alicia Barnett was defeated by Lee Eunhye in the first round in Korea 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5.

Maia Lumsden was defeated by Natalija Kostić in the final in Korea 6-3, 6-2.

Alice Gillan was defeated by Safiya Carrington in the semi-final in Trinidad & Tobago 6-2, 6-1.

Next week Brits play in Paris, Greece, Singapore, Ukraine, Mexico, Tunisia, Spain, Hong Kong, Portugal, Mexico.


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