14 - 18 July 2020

Progress Tour Women’s Championships

National Tennis Centre

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Success for Burrage, Christie, Boulter and Barnett but sadness for Swan with injury woes

  • 14/07/2020

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Jodie Burrage

Despite grumpy looking clouds, Day 1 of the Progress Tour Women’s Championship closed out with some strong and competitive performances.

In the Premier Division the virtually all-conquering Jodie-Anna Burrage was victorious again and has recently notched up 11 wins in 12 matches, including today’s tight encounter with Emily Arbuthnott that involved a marathon game where Burrage had seven break points.

The frustration was real, as Burrage explained after the match: “I remember that game, I honestly just wanted to get out of that game. I actually got to the stage where I didn't care if I won or lost [laughing] because it was just repeating itself.”

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There was a thriller in store as Freya Christie had to come from behind in the decider to clinch her opening win. Christie had been in control of the first set before plenty of breaks in the second set as Lumsden levelled the match.

However, Christie tapped into a competitive spirit that has seen her challenge Lumsden to Nintendo battles, as she edged out her friend to get her first win of the group stages.

Sadly things did not go so well for Katie Swan, who had returned from the States for the Progress Tour Women’s Championships but perhaps it was a little too soon as she was forced to retire after taking the first set, with a right hip injury, giving Alicia Barnett the win in the first round robin match.

Barnett said: “I felt like I started to play the way I wanted in the second set. It’s unfortunate and I feel really bad for Katie. I think it was a bit too much too soon for her.”

She, along with fellow tournament collaborator Olivia Nicholls closed out the day’s play with a win in the doubles.

Katie Boulter

Rounding out the Premier singles action, Katie Boulter closed out a confident win. Boulter has, like many, spent her time focussing on her fitness ahead of the return, but also found time to volunteer for Age UK during the lockdown.

“I tried to make the best of the situation; it’s not been ideal for all of us, but I have to keep some perspective – there are bigger things going on in the world. I think it’s just important to give back and that’s what I’ve been trying to do.”

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