After another good week of tennis at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton has come to an end. The Progress Tour was a fantastic success and the chance to see some of the top female British players in the final.
It was quite fitting to see Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage in the final after some excellent performances from two players who have missed a lot of tennis.
Jodie is only 21 but wears ankle braces due to three surgeries already in her career on her ankles. Katie Boulter put her body on the line in Fed Cup to send Great Britain to the World Group for then the format to be changed and the match null and void and Katie who was top 100 missed almost a year of tennis.
Earlier on in the week it was a win for Katie Boulter over Burrage with a 6-3 7-6 win but it was Jodie who started off much better.
Jodie really found a lot of joy behind her forehand which impressed me at the Tie Break Tens event on Friday night and Boulter was very flat behind her serve.
It wasn’t long until Katie began to find her range and dictate the rhythm from her backhand and grab some control of the match from 0-3 down.
Katie had a point for 3-3 but the wind and her serve weren’t in sync and the errors from the first couple of games came back as Burrage went ahead a break for the second time in the opening six games taking a 4-2 lead.
It was a simple consolidation of serve for Jodie Burrage who held to love and was a game away from taking the opening set.
It continued to be wild from Katie Boulter who sent another error up the line and lost her first set of the week 3-6.
The start of the second set did look like getting away from Burrage who slipped 0-40 down on serve but once again it was the errors from Boulter which put herself at a disadvantage.
Katie did find a break but just couldn’t build on it and was broken back by Burrage in another missed opportunity for the former top 100 player.
Well, a big double fault from Boulter set up two crucial break points for Burrage at 5-5. It was a forehand error from Boulter which sealed the break and Jodie Burrage would serve for the title!
After getting into such a good position it was too much pushing from Burrage at 6-5 and it went to a tie-breaker.
The tie-break was probably the best tennis between the two but Boulter’s improvement continued and took the second set 7-6.
The wheels began to come off for Burrage who slipped down a double break and just seemed to be struggling physically after another long week of tennis. For Boulter it was the opposite. Katie grew into the match and began to hit her spots on serve as she took a 5-1 lead.
Jodie did her bit on serve but was too wild in final game of the match and Katie Boulter from a set down and 5-6 down won 3-6 7-6 6-2.