NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Jodie Burrage of Great Britain celebrates after she wins a game against Kristie Ahn of United States during day 2 of the Viking Open at Nottingham Tennis Centre on June 06, 2021 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA)
Tennis | WTA Cluj-Napoca 2023 | Jodie Burrage moves on in the Transylvania Open
It was a dominant performance by eighth seed Jodie Burrage against India’s Ankita Raina, as she flew through the first set. Burrage broke Raina in the first game and despite attempts by Raina to wrestle breaks back, Burrage held firm. It was a far edgier affair to begin with in the second set, with Burrage starting once more with an immediate break but this time Raina broke back, but only to lose her serve again.
In fact Raina’s only games on the boards were breaks of Burrage’s serve in reaction to four breaks of her own serve, as Burrage sealed her spot in the next round, where she will face Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch.
With not much separating the pair in the rankings, they are pretty closely matched over this year in their stats, with perhaps Burrage just being a little more solid when it comes to converting on her break point chances and saving those against her.
It has not been the strongest of years for Korpatsch who notched up a nine-match losing streak earlier in the year, ending in April.
Burrage is enjoying her strongest year on the tour to date, and has been rewarded with being seeded in a WTA tour-level event for the first time. She now has to prove that she can continue a glorious summer on the grass and on home soil with results far from home – and her win over Raina was certainly a good start.
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