- Division One: Amelia Bissett def. Erin Richardson 6-3 6-2
- Premier: Katie Boulter def. Jodie Burrage 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2
- Doubles: Alicia Barnett/Olivia Nicholls def. Emily Arbuthnott/Anna Popescu 6-3 7-6(4)
ROEHAMPTON, UK – The Progress Tour Women’s Championships served up worthy winners all round as Katie Boulter and Amelia Bisset took Singles honours and tournament organisers Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls won the doubles.
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Division One: Amelia Bissett def. Erin Richardson 6-3 6-2
It was the end of a dream week for the 17-year-old Amelia Bissett. Her positive attitude had seen her progress to the final without dropping a set, and she raised her game to fend off fellow teen, Erin Richardson to claim the title.
Bissett, who was a late call-up to the tournament, had sterner tests in her semi-final and the final but throughout had prided herself on modelling her temperament on the higher ranked British players around her.
Continuing her match-play is on the junior’s mind, while there still remains uncertainty about when the ITF junior events will restart.
She said: “I think it’s all up in the air. We don’t know when we could be coming back. it always changes, I always hear different things.
“I’ve been doing a lot of training the last few weeks and I think getting as much matches in as possible is important for me.
“You can practice all you like but you have to that practice into the match court at the end of the day.”
Premier: Katie Boulter def. Jodie Burrage 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2
Former World No. 82 Katie Boulter really had to earn her first title of the year, going 5-0 in the tournament – her first since having to escape Indian Wells as the global lockdown happened.
The impact of four straight matches for the first time since March looked to have taken their toll as the very match-sharp Jodie Burrage started very brightly.
The tide began to turn though as fatigue for Burrage who has won 14 from 17 matches in the last three weeks, and errors racked up, as Boulter’s experience shone through.
She had nothing but praise for Burrage (ranked World No. 293 and has been as high as No.233). Inside the Top 200 starts to open Slam qualification doors, and Boulter felt success would not be far away.
“If she keeps playing like that she’s going to go very far. I’ve always thought Jodie’s a very good player. She’s starting to put it altogether and it’s really nice to see.”
Boulter’s plans, after some much-needed recovery will most likely still be focussed on the domestic scene, until further decisions can be made regarding the tours’ returns globally.
“I think I’m going to play a couple more domestic tournaments, depending on how my body holds up. I will make those decisions as and when I’ve recovered and have a couple of days off to relax after this week.
“There’s a strong possibility that I’ll be playing [the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis] event. I watched the Battle of the Brits and I thought that was a tremendous effort from him and I think it would be great if I could get involved in it but I’ll make a decision in the next few days.”
Doubles: Alicia Barnett/Olivia Nicholls def. Emily Arbuthnott/Anna Popescu 6-3 7-6(4)
Much as in the Schroders Battle of the Brits, the tournament organisers also earned themselves some winners’ glassware, as Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls resumed their doubles partnership to defeat Emily Arbuthnott and Anna Popescu.
Barnett said after the match: “Our last tournament before COVID-19 really struck was Sunderland which we won so it’s just nice to get back on court and regain that momentum and pick up a trophy along the way so really positive week. Got some things to take away and work on as well so only up from here really.”
Nicholls added: “[Organising a tournament] definitely put extra stress on us although I think tomorrow we’re both going to wake up absolutely exhausted. Lissy even more so than me because she’s had so many more tough three-set matches this week.
“It’s given us a good insight as to what it takes to put an event together and just glad it finished on a positive note.”
The LTA British Tour continues with Women’s and Men’s Tier 1 Singles from 18-19 July, and Week 4 featuring Men’s and Women’s Premier Singles and Men’s and Women’s Doubles takes place between 23-26 July.
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