• Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage reached the semifinals in the Group Anne Keothavong
  • They will meet in the final match of the group stage to seal the first place
  • The Group Sam Smith continued with just three players
ROEHAMPTON, UK – Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage will face to settle the first place in the Group Anne Keothavong at the Progress Tour Women’s Championships

 

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Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage sealed their semi-final berths in Group Anne Keothavong at the Progress Tour Women’s Champiosnhips. Boulter beat 6-1 6-3 Emily Arbuthnott, while Burrage dominated Alice Gillan 6-1 6-0. they will meet in the last match of the group stage with the first place at stake.

 

Katie Boulter def. Emily Arbuthnott 6-1 6-3

Katie Boulter on Day 1 of the Progress Tour Women's Championships 2020, London UK

Katie Boulter on Day 1 of the Progress Tour Women’s Championships 2020, London UK | Adam Dismore

“I felt a lot more comfortable out there,” said Boulter, proud to have raised her level against a consistent opponent. Coming after a stress fracture, she learned a lot and looked calm, self-assured. “I trust myself and my game and I think that’s one thing that you really have to do. It’s very easy to doubt yourself when you haven’t been playing much. It’s not always going to be perfect but you’ve just got to do the best that you can” she added.

Ahead of her match against Burrage, she concluded:

[She] is playing some really really good tennis. It’s going to be a very difficult match for me. She’s obviously played a lot of matches in comparison to myself. I will go out and try and put my game on the line and see what happens really. I have to keep perspective as to we’re only first tournament back for me and just enjoy it and enjoy competing.

(Quotes contributed by Ros Satar)

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Jodie Burrage def. Alice Gillan 6-1 6-0

After her victory, Burrage also admitted she played better than in her first game. She managed perfectly to counter Gillan’s game, as she hit harder.

“It was easier for me to get the pace and I think I served a lot better than I did yesterday,” she said.

Burrage didn’t watch extensively Boulter’s matches in Roehampton.

She looks like she’s playing well today. I think obviously yesterday I didn’t actually see any of her match but obviously it was her first match back and stuff. I think she’s got more into the swing of it today. She looks like she’s playing really good tennis.”

Burrage came back also to partner Freya Christie in the Group Jo Durie.

“It’s been a few years since I paired up with her,” she said. They won a few 15K ITF titles together and took two wins in her first two matches here. “It’s very different, doubles to singles, so it took me the whole match to get back into it” added Burrage.

(Quotes contributed to Ros Satar).

In the Group Elena Baltacha, continuing with just three players after Katie Swan had to retire during the first day, Alicia Barnett defeated heavily strapped Maia Lumsden 6-7(4) 6-4 6-3 to move ahead of the table.

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Division I results

In Division 1 matches, Victoria Allen maintained her chances to move to the semifinals as she came back to beat Erin Richardson 2-6 6-4 6-3 in the Group Sam Smith. Allen pursues Olivia Nicholls, who easily topped the table after her 6-0 6-0 win over Mae Mcutcheon, a substitute for the injured Danielle Daley.

In the Group Anabel Croft, Amelia Bissett dismissed Nell Miller 6-1 6-0 moving ahead of the rankings for the loss of just three games so far.

 

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