Katie Boulter in the second rubber of the Fed Cup World Group II Play-Off, London 2019
Katie Boulter in the second rubber of the Fed Cup World Group II Play-Off, London 2019 | (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tennis | Progress Tour Women’s Championships | Boulter & Burrage fight it out again for Premier crown

  • Premier Singles Final | Katie Boulter v Jodie Burrage
  • Division One Singles Final | Erin Richardson v Amelia Bissett
ROEHAMPTON, UK – In a rematch from the group stages, Katie Boulter will take on the consistent Jodie Burrage for the Premier title.


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Premier Singles Final | Katie Boulter v Jodie Burrage | Boulter leads H2H 2-0

It is déjà vu between the top ranked British Player in the field and arguable one of the most consistent British female players since the LTA introduced tournaments to help players return to competition.

Katie Boulter might have only played four matches but the quality has improved match on match. Even if her semi-final against Freya Christie might not have been (by her own admission) the best of quality, with a bit of a wobble in the second set, Boulter won the points and games that counted.

Jodie Burrage on Day 1 of the Progress Tour Women's Championships, London
Jodie Burrage on Day 1 of the Progress Tour Women’s Championships, London | Adam Dismore

Jodie Burrage has played a lot of tennis, and by now it was beginning to show. She admitted that the aches and pains were making a difference, as she had to withdraw once more from the doubles, forfeiting a chance to fight for a second final spot.

“With my shoulder and back, I just had to be careful with it. I literally hate pulling out of anything to be honest with you. But my team and I just made that decision.

“It was a really good game yesterday and I actually really enjoyed it so I just basically want to do the same, try and keep the points on my racquet and get the first hit in.

“I’m looking forward to it and again obviously she’s feeling tired as well, it’s her first tournament back, she’s played five matches, so I think we’re in a similar position really. Hopefully it will be high level.”

Boulter agreed in terms of the quality of their final group-stage match, and with Burridge on a run of 13 wins from 15 matches in the last three weeks, this is no easy match-up.

She said: “I thought my level yesterday was pretty good and I’m going to fight to the last ball and clearly she’s been playing some really good ball and I’m sure it will be a very good level from both of us.”

Boulter’s experience has told throughout this tournament, and she has the big-game temperament to get through the tighter moments. By the time the semi-finals of the Tie Break Tens rolled around, Burrage was looking fatigued and had admitted that the back to back matches were beginning to catch up with her.

Prediction: Boulter in straight sets.


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Division One Singles Final | Erin Richardson v Amelia Bissett

Amelia Bissett ahead of the Progress Tour Women's Championships
Amelia Bissett ahead of the Progress Tour Women’s Championships | Adam Dismore

One of the bonuses of this event has been able to see some of the players who ply their trade on the lower levels of the professional tour. With just a couple of ITF matches under her belt, a late call up into the Progress Tour line-up has seen 17-year-old Amelia Bissett book a spot in the Division One final, without having dropped a set.

Things were a little more dramatic for her opponent Erin Richardson. It was an agonising wait last night for Richardson who was part of a three-way tie with Olivia Nicholls and Victoria Allen, and not only secured her spot in the semi-finals but actually finished top of the group in terms of set count-back.

She was in commanding form in the semi-final, and said after the match: “You never know exactly what’s happening in that round robin situation. I think once I did get in and seeing top I felt like I deserved to be there and I was really excited just to go out today and show that I really did deserve to be at the top of that group.”

Bissett just continues to grow and impress, and has tried to emulate the attitude of some of the older, more experienced players.

She said, after advancing to the final: “I think the biggest thing is their composure on the court and how they hold themselves, no matter what the score is. Today I put that into my game well because I needed that a lot in the second set.”

Prediction: Bissett in three sets.


The doubles final will be between Emily Arbuthnott/Anna Popescu and tournament co-organisers Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls.


How to watch the Progress Tour Women’s Championships

Matches are being shown on the LTA Channels and on BBC Digital Platforms.

Play continues at 11am (BST).


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