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Great Britain's Jodie Anna Burrage in 2nd Round Girls Doubles Action at the Australian Open Tennis Championships Melbourne Park
Tennis - Australian Open 2017 Day Nine Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 24 Jan 2017
SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT – Jodie Burrage has claimed her first singles of the season. The Brit seems to perform well on the outdoor courts in Egypt.
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Jodie Burrage likes the hard courts in Sharm El Sheikh. Seeded fifth the Brit faced Dalayna Hewitt in the first round. Burrage and Hewitt were evenly matched in the first set, before the fifth seed secured the break to take the lead, and then hold on for the set.
In the second set the American mounted a fight back and broke the Brit to level up the match at one set all. Burrage, however gained the advantage again in the final set and held on to secure the place in the second round 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
In the second round Burrage was up against Anette Munozova. The Swede got off to the better start and broke the serve of the fifth seed. The Brit was not able to get the break back and Munozova got ahead. Burrage fought back in the second set and managed to level the match up, and after securing the break needed in the final set moved into the quarter-final 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In the quarter-final the Brit faced the third seed Julia Elbaba. The American struggled in the first set against Burrage, as the Brit broke twice to take the set. The second was a little closer as Elbaba tried to fight back, however the fifth seed secured the one break needed and moved into the semi-final 6-2, 6-4.
The semi-final saw Burrage up against Barbora Štefková. The Czech had not dropped a set to this point of the tournament, and had taken out both the top seed and sixth seed in straight sets. Štefková tried to take the momentum away from the Brit, however the fifth seed held firm breaking once in each set to book the spot in the final 6-3, 6-3.
In the final the fifth seed faced an unseeded qualifier. Nadja Gilchrist had come through qualifying and only dropped one set on her way to the final, and that was in the first round. Gilchrist had taken out the eighth seed in the second round. Burrage was not in the mood to lose though, and the American had little answer to the fifth seed. The Brit took just under an hour to dispatch Gilchrist and take the title 6-2, 6-1.
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