Jodie Burrage, Naiktha Bains & Maia Lumsden break into WTA top 100s after top results on the grass
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Britain’s Jodie Burrage has broken into the WTA singles top 100 for the first time after her brilliant summer campaign on the grass, while doubles duo Naiktha Bains and Maia Lumsden reached the top 100 in women’s doubles.
British No.2 Burrage has jumped 10 places in the rankings this week, to reach world No.98 following a six week stretch that has seen the 24-year-old make a series of firsts.
Burrage made her first WTA quarter-final, semi-final and final at the Rothesay Open Nottingham in June, before making the second round at the Rothesay International Eastbourne with a win over world No.44 Lauren Davis.
Fast forward to Wimbledon, where Burrage sealed her first career victory at The Championships with a commanding win over American Caty McNally.
Her results on the grass have been a continuation of an already successful season, in which the Surrey-native won the biggest title of her career at the W60 Croissy-Beaubourg and making the final at the W60 Canberra.
Bains has climbed 79 places up to world No.94, while Lumsden jumped 83 spots to world No.95.
The British duo have won three ITF doubles titles together this year already – including two $25k trophies in Nottingham and the W40+H Calvi. They won all three titles in back-to-back weeks, sparking an 11-match unbeaten run.
At Wimbledon, the Brits knocked out the seventh seeds Anna Danilina and Yifan Xu in the opening round, before making history as the first British women’s doubles team to make the final eight in 40 years,
"Breaking into the top 100 for the first time is a significant achievement for Jodie, Naiktha and Maia, and is a big milestone in their careers," said LTA Head of Women's Tennis, Iain Bates.
"Jodie has had a brilliant season on the grass and by making the final in Nottingham and getting her first win at Wimbledon, she's shown she has the ability to compete at the top of the game. Hopefully this form at home on the grass will spur her on to climb the rankings even higher through the rest of the season.
"Naiktha and Maia have developed into a strong doubles team over the last 12 months and their fantastic run at Wimbledon feels like a significant breakthrough.
"Reaching the top 100 will open new opportunities for all three players to compete at a higher level, so with plenty of tennis still to come this year, hopefully they can build on their good form week in, week out on tour."