14 - 18 July 2020

Progress Tour Women’s Championships

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Katie Boulter beats Jodie Burrage to claim the title on her first tournament back since lock-down

  • 18/07/2020

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Two worthy champions were crowned in the singles at the Progress Tour Women’s Championships. Katie Boulter outlasted Jodie Burrage to claim the title on her first tournament back since lock-down, but she was made to work for it, having to come from a set down.

Boulter said, after the match: “I felt like I was struggling a little bit body-wise but I was trying to push myself through and just keep getting the ball in the court and it felt like I got a little but lucky.”

Burrage has lost just three of her last 17 matches since starting back on the British Tour events, and if she keeps up this consistency, Boulter feels she could do well.

“If she keeps playing that she's going to go very far. I've always thought Jodie's a very good player."

“If she keeps playing 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.”

Despite injury withdrawals at the start of the week, this event also got the thumbs up from Boulter, who feels it could have a more permanent place in the calendar.

She continued: “I'd like to see it be back next year or another time and hopefully we can get all the girls playing.”

Having been spoiled by the return of players to elite competition, it is worth remembering that this is a stepping stone to the eventual return of the tours. This includes the ITF level events and none more so than the junior events – and there is still much to be decided, as Amelia Bissett told us, after her Division One title run.

The 17-year-old was itching to get matches behind her, and that continues to be the plan given the uncertainly of when or if the ITF junior events will be restarting.

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. If I'm fully ready when it does start, then that's an extra bonus and hopefully I can go far in those tournaments because I've had the match-play here. You can practice all you like but you have to that practice into the match court at the end of the day.”

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