- Jodie Burrage claimed the title in Dubai
- Unseeded the Brit dropped one set en route
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Jodie Burrage claimed the title in the ITF event. The Brit dropped only one set en route to the title.
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Jodie Burrage entered the ITF event in Dubai and was unseeded. In the first round the Brit was drawn against Joanne Zuger. The first set saw the Brit break serve to take the lead and the Swiss was unable to break back. However, Zuger re-grouped in the second set and managed to break the Brit serve. The Swiss levelled up the match and forced a deciding set. In the final set Burrage once again managed to break serve. The Brit moved into the second round 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
In the second round Burrage was against Marianna Zakarlyuk. The Ukranian had taken out the fifth seed in the first round, however, the first set was dominated by the Brit. Zakarlyuk just could not find her game in the first set. In the second set, the Ukranian played much better, and looked to be forcing a tiebreak. However, Burrage managed to obtain the break just when needed and moved into the next round in straight sets 6-1, 7-5.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against Shalimar Talbi. The Belarusian tried to stay with Burrage in the first set, however the Brit managed to break to take the lead. In the second set Talbi played better and stayed with the Brit for most of the set. Eventually though, Burrage proved too good for the Belarusian and broke again to take the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
In the semi-final Burrage was against Anastasia Zakharova. The Russian had destroyed the fourth seed in the previous round losing only eight games over the three sets, with the last two sets being bagel sets. Burrage was prepared and was in no mood to end the week here. In the first set the Brit broke early on to take the lead and Zakharova could not get back on serve. The second set was much closer, as the Russian forced a tiebreak. However, it was the Brit that edged the breaker to book a spot in the final 6-3, 7-6(5).
The final saw Burrage against Belarusian Yuliya Hatouka. The qualifier had defeated all comers to make it this far. The Brit was not intimated by Hatouka though and broke early in the first set to take the lead. The second set saw the Belarusian try to fight back, however, Burrage held firm and broke serve to take the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Eden Silva was defeated by Miriam Bulgaru in the first round in Dubai 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Alicia Barnett was defeated by Lina Glushko in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-2, 7-6(4).
Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Olivia Gadecki in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-0, 6-2.
George Loffhagen was defeated by David Poljak in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-1, 1-0 (RET).
Luke Johnson was defeated by Aldin Setkic in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-1, 6-3.
Paul Jubb was defeated by Alessandro Bega in the quarter-final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 7-6(5), 7-6(3).
Henry Patten was defeated by Aidan McHugh in the first round in New Delhi 7-6(5), 6-4.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Dalibor Svrcina in the quarter-final in New Delhi 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.
Naiktha Bains was defeated by Francesca Jones in the quarter-final in Villa Maria 6-0, 6-2.
Francesca Jones was defeated by Beatriz Haddad Maia in the final in Villa Maria 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Next week Brits play in Loughborough, Cagliari, Charleston, Bogota, Split, Oeiras, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia & Kazakhstan.
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