14 - 18 July 2020

Progress Tour Women’s Championships

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Katie Boulter maintains unbeaten run at Progress Tour Women's Championships

  • 16/07/2020

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It was all to play for on the final day of group stage matches at the Progress Tour Women’s Championships.

Katie Boulter powered through the gears and raised her level in just her first tournament back since March, pre-lockdown. She met some stiff resistance from Jodie Burrage, who has been on an incredible run of matches over the past few weeks.

Boulter said: “I knew it was going to be tough. she's come in with confidence. They’re probably the hardest matches to play when you know someone's coming in and they're playing some of their best tennis. I thought I had to bring out my A game today and hang on even though the match doesn't make a difference to semi's really.

We're both through obviously so I still wanted to get the win, but I think it was a really good level for both of us.”

With the WTA restart just around the corner now, Boulter knows this is vital preparation for returning to the rigours of the tour.

“It's just a question of my body getting used to playing these matches day in, day out because that's what I'm going to have to do when I'm back on tour. A match like today is very important.”

Meanwhile Group Sam Smith came down to a nail-biting finish with Olivia Nicholls, Erin Richardson and Victoria Allen all finishing on two wins each with three matches played. In the end Richardson topped the group on set count-back with Olivia Nicholls finishing second.